Actual Shots Fired: Democrat Allegedly Shoots Facebook Friend After Online Political Debate Gets Heated

Tampa Police Department

A 44-year-old registered Democrat in Florida, reportedly enraged after a Facebook argument with a fellow Facebook user, allegedly packed his AR-15 and Glock semi-automatic pistol and drove to the other man’s house, where he shot him twice.

According to the Tampa Police Department, earlier this week, Brian Sebring, who had been arguing with Alex Stephens on Facebook about politics, drove to where Stephens lived in South Tampa. Steve Hegarty, a spokesperson for the Tampa Police Department, stated, "Apparently it started out as something political, something having to do with [President] Trump. We're not sure what, exactly. It escalated. There were threats, there were nasty comments.”

The criminal affidavit states that Stephens had sent explicit messages and threats to Sebring. It added that when Sebring arrived he honked his car horn, calling for Stephens, who “immediately charged” at Sebring. Sebring used his Glock and shot Stephens in the thigh and buttocks, then fled, according to the affidavit.

Sebring later turned himself in to police. The Tampa Police Department acknowledged Sebring was arrested in 1996 and 1997 for domestic battery; he does not have a concealed weapons permit.

Sebring has been charged with felony charges for aggravated battery and carrying a concealed weapon.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that Sebring and Stephens both attended Tampa’s Robinson High School.

Donna Skalnik, who along with her husband owns the home where Stephens lived, said she will evict him, saying,"It's just traumatizing. It really is. I just have been really upset. He's brought danger to me and my husband and we can't tolerate it any longer. … People spend too much time on Facebook instead of actually interacting with real human beings and sitting down and discussing their views," she said.

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