Buying things off the internet is just the way things are done today. There’s no doubt that it makes life way easier. You don’t have to physically go out and shop and you even have the chance to save some money.
But of course, you have to be extra careful when you’re buying something from someone you just met online. People take various precautions when they meet up with someone they found off of Craigslist. Facebook, believe it or not, can be just as dangerous.
You may think that seeing the person’s profile on Facebook makes it much safer for you to meet up and make a cheap purchase. The story you’re about to read proves otherwise. Recently, a father was killed in front of his kids after responding to a Facebook ad.
The Florida father was shot in front of his own kids after inviting in a stranger who was offering the family a free puppy.
According to Inside Edition, Scott Bowman responded to a Facebook ad about a man giving away a puppy who offered to drop it off at their home.
Bowman’s partner, Chelsea Bowman, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the couple wanted to pick up the dog.
But the man was pretty insistent on dropping the puppy off. When he arrived, the couple invited him in for a drink as a thank you.
He eventually overstayed his welcome. Chelsea told the station, “the dude takes his shoes off and he stays and he doesn’t leave. And it’s making everybody uncomfortable.”
Bowman continued, noting that the family tried hard to drop hints that it was time for the man to leave. She said, “He gets very, very volatile, very, very drunk.”
She continued telling the station, “My husband goes to use the bathroom, and he waits for him. He comes out, and he grabs him and he starts beating him.”
According to Inside Edition, Scott was able to shoot the man in the arm. However, when Scott tried to run from the unidentified man, he was shot in the chest.
It was reported that Bowman’s children, 4 and 8, saw the shooting. According to Insider edition, when the police arrived, the man told him that he was involved in the shooting.
Police reportedly took him in for questioning along with Chelsea Bowman and the two children. Police told the paper that the investigation is ongoing.
According to WFOX, after the shooting, the two children ran to their neighbor’s home, pounding on the door.
The neighbor notes, “They were just terrified and kept repeating, ‘My dad. There’s blood everywhere.’” Scott’s wife misses her husband terribly and keeps thinking this is all a bad dream.