Facebook post sparked fight ending with shooting death of 17-year-old Tupelo girl

Facebook post sparked fight ending with shooting death of 17-year-old Tupelo girl
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TUPELO, Miss. (WCBI) - Tupelo police are investigating a shooting that left a 17-year-old girl dead and another man injured.

The series of events leading up to the fatal shooting began with a Facebook post and ended with gunshots in the middle of the street, reports WCBI.

Gerald Topps admitted he was involved in a brief fight Tuesday evening on Meadow Drive in the Haven Acres neighborhood.

He said it all started with a Facebook post.

“It was a whole bunch of BS on Facebook, people arguing back and forth," said Topps. “We come to my grandma’s house, we on FB Live, he came out here to fight me, we got to fighting, it was about twenty seconds. A quick little fight, that’s all it was. After the fight, that’s when gunshots went off.”

Topps, who is also known as “GiGi,” said he had already gone back inside his grandmother’s house after the scuffle and did not see the shooting.

Social media posts taken at the time of the shooting showed a large crowd on Meadow Drive as the shooting started.

When it was over, 17-year-old Tiara Dancer lay in the street, fatally wounded.

Another man was shot but was expected to recover.

“I just hate it happened man, Tupelo needs to put down the guns. All this violence, man,” said Brice Ford, who is Dancer’s cousin.

Ford said Dancer never thought a street fight would end with gunfire.

“If you got something going on, try and talk it out first. Don’t try to just fight, try and avoid the situation because the situation can get out of hand and control and you can’t control everything,” Ford said.

As part of their investigation, police reviewed social media posts, including Facebook Lives made before and during the shooting.

It was estimated as many as 40 to 50 people were at the scene when violence erupted.

Dancer graduated in December from Tupelo High School.

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