Social media argument escalates to Evansville shooting

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Police say ten people were involved in a shooting that took place after an alleged disagreement on social media. The Evansville Police Department arrested Elexis D. Smith and Talonica D. Johnson of Henderson following the incident.

According to an affidavit, central dispatch received a 911 call for shots fired near Riverside Drive and Grand Avenue around 2:40 p.m. Monday afternoon. According to the police, the caller saw people fighting and shots were fired.

The Evansville Police Department says witnesses and others involved told officers what happened during the shooting. Investigators say Johnson and Smith pulled over in a car with three women to fight off another group on Grand Avenue. Authorities learned the fight broke out after an argument on social media. Witnesses told police that Elexis Smith pointed and fired a handgun at a person during the altercation. Police were told Johnson and Smith left the scene after the shooting.

According to the affidavit, the entire incident was broadcast via Facebook Live. Police describe video showing Smith pointing the handgun at someone through the windshield. EPD officers say you can hear the gun discharge in the video and then see Johnson drive off.

Less than an hour later after the shooting, the central dispatcher says he received a call from Smith. She allegedly told dispatchers that she shot out the window because people had attacked her car with tire irons. Smith then asked the officers where she could meet with officers.

Eventually, Smith and Johnson pulled into the vehicle and both were arrested. Investigators say Smith painted a story that contradicted what happened in the video. Both Johnson and Smith were incarcerated in Vanderburgh County Jail.

Elexis D. Smith faces a charge of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon. Talonica D. Johnson faces one charge of Public Administration – Obstruction of Justice. Police say no one was injured in the shooting.

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