Alabama authorities are saying three adolescent girls were shot, one fatally, after they went to an Alabama park to settle a Facebook quarrel with fists in front of a video camera.
Birmingham police told Fox6 WBRC a group of girls had been arguing on Facebook for three weeks. During the back-and-forth the girls agreed to fight each other at a local park Friday evening to settle their differences. Police said the girls planned to record themselves fighting and post it on Facebook.
As the fight ensued, two males, 17 and 19, pulled out guns and opened fire, striking three of the girls, the station reported Saturday.
The shooting victims were taken to two area hospitals. The girl who died was identified as Kierra’onna Rice, 14.
The two suspects were taken into custody after witnesses pointed them out to police who responded to the scene.
Police told Fox 6 one of the suspects was dating one of the girls fighting the victim.
The names of the suspects were not released, pending the filing of formal charges.
Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper spoke to Al.com and questioned the wisdom of recording a fight to put on social media.
“It’s extremely challenging for us as a police department,” Roper said. “It’s challenging for these families because here’s a group of kids who have decided that they’re going to fight and put it on social media where everybody can see it.”