Facebook fight between 'keyboard gangsters' ends in shooting
TAMPA, Fla. (FOX NEWS) -- A dispute over politics on Facebook went from virtual to physical this week when one man shot another in the thigh and buttocks, officials said.
That's according to an article published on Fox News that cited newspaper and TV reports.
Authorities said Brian Sebring, 44, shot Alex Stephens, 46, after their political argument became too heated, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
Sebring is a registered Democrat, the report said, while Stephens, a former felon, has no party affiliation, the report said, citing corrections records.
"After receiving several explicit messages and threats, the defendant responded to the victim’s home to confront him in reference to the messages," a police official said, according to the Times.
Sebring reportedly arrived at Stephens' home with a Glock handgun and an AR-15 rifle, honked his truck horn and waited by his vehicle for Stephens to come out of his home.
Stephens saw Sebring and "immediately sprinted" toward him, Tampa's WFLA-TV reported.
Sebring tells the Tampa Bay Times he "just snapped and let primal rage take over."
After Sebring fired two shots, striking Stephens in the right thigh and buttocks, both men fled the scene, the report said. Stephen's injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Sebring later surrendered to police and has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and carrying a concealed firearm, the station reported.
He says he's ruined his life "all because of some keyboard gangsters."
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