Alleged shooter shared anti-Trump Resistance posts on social media
Image Credits: Tampa Police Department.
By Dan Lyman Wednesday, August 08, 2018
A registered Democrat shot his neighbor in Tampa after a political disagreement on Facebook, according to police and local media.
Brian Sebring was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and carrying a concealed firearm after he allegedly drove to the home of Alex Stephens and shot him in the buttocks and leg, officials stated.
“After receiving several explicit messages and threats, the defendant responded to the victim’s home to confront him in reference to the messages,” police say, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
The Times reports that Sebring arrived at Stephens’ home armed with a Glock handgun and AR-15 rifle, and “honked his horn and waited by his truck for Stephens to appear.”
“Stephens came out of the home and charged toward Sebring, police said, and that’s when Sebring fired two shots with the Glock.”
While it is still unclear the nature of the political dispute, the Times reports that Sebring is “a registered Democrat who follows Barack Obama on Twitter.”
The Times has identified this Facebook page as belonging to Sebring, and an examination of past posts indicate its owner’s likely opposition to President Donald Trump.
Sebring reportedly turned himself in to police, and Stephens was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.