Huntsville shooting, robbery sparked by social media fight

Huntsville shooting, robbery sparked by social media fight
Authorities arrested Kevin Latrone Fletcher in connection with a shooting that happened on Binford Drive.
(Source: WAFF 48 News)
(Source: WAFF 48 News)
(Source: WAFF 48 News)
(Source: WAFF 48 News)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Tension on social media led to a shooting in Huntsville that left one man injured and another behind bars.

Lt. Michael Johnson, public information officer for the Huntsville Police Department, said the shooting happened when two men wearing dark clothes with their faces covered tried to rob two people on Binford Drive around 11:30 p.m. Sunday. One person was shot in the chest, while another was uninjured but had cash taken from him.

"Officers got a call of shots fired in the area and when they arrived, they found a victim with a gunshot wound. They immediately called HEMSI to tend to the individual," Johnson said. "According to witnesses, they came from behind the building where the victims were sitting and hanging out in the front. They had an altercation with them and something about social media and then the robbery occurred."

Kevin Latrone Fletcher was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree robbery in the case. Johnson identified him as the alleged shooter.

One of the victims knows Fletcher, according to Johnson, and recognized his mannerisms and voice even though he had his face covered and they identified him as one of the suspects.

Police are still searching for his accomplice. Officials declined to release information on the second suspect.

According to Johnson, the dangerous incident was fueled by a fight on social media.

"There was some type of argument or fight that was on social media. I don't know if that was a video or through messaging or what that involved but this did stem a little bit from that. The robbery may just have been a supplemental thing to this incident but social media was a part of it," Johnson said.

Police urged social media users to handle escalating interactions appropriately so that things don't spiral out of control and turn into something dangerous and even deadly.

"Emotions run high when it comes to disagreements on social media and people just need to get a grip on their emotions and let disagreements be disagreements and not turn into shootings," Johnson added.

Earlier this year, another shooting happened on Binford Drive that led authorities to several states to track down suspects.

On Jan. 28, Raemon Ross was fatally shot, and multiple arrests have been made in the weeks and months that followed the murder.

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Charles Mosby, 28, was captured in New Orleans on March 6 by the U.S. Marshals Service and was extradited back to Huntsville. Both Huntsville Police Investigators and U.S. marshals  worked to track down Mosby, leading to his arrest in Louisiana. He is charged with capital murder-during first-degree robbery.

Kason Christopher Grady, 28, was picked up in St. Petersburg, Florida. Huntsville police and the U.S. marshals located him in a local hotel. He's also facing a charge of capital murder-during robbery.

Fotino Davis, 24, was also arrested in the investigation.

"It was determined he was in fact one of four suspects complicit in this crime. Mosby and Davis are acquaintances," Huntsville police stated in a press release.

U.S. marshals along with Huntsville Police Department major crimes investigators tracked down Mosby on an earlier date, but also Davis, to an address in New Orleans. That led them to an address in Memphis, Tennessee where he was determined to be. Huntsville Police Department major crimes investigators obtained a murder-during a first-degree robbery warrant on April 16 for Davis. The U.S. Marshals Service secured Davis in Memphis on April 23 and he was booked in the Shelby County, Tennessee jail in Memphis.

Huntsville police investigators are still seeking a fourth suspect in the case, but have not released any information on their identity.

"Investigators have advised me that there is a fourth individual that was involved in that that they're still looking for. The investigation doesn't lead us to believe that the two incidents are related by any means," Johnson added.

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