TEXARKANA, Texas — What possibly began as an argument on social media turned into a deadly shooting Tuesday night at the intersection of Westlawn and Meadowbrook in Texarkana, Texas.
The victim, Nytorius Crabtree, 16, of Texarkana, Texas, was pronounced dead at the scene after being shot once in the chest.
"We found a 16-year-old male in the street (and) immediately began life-saving measures," said Shawn Vaughn, Texarkana, Texas, Police Department spokesman. "LifeNet arrived shortly afterward and pronounced him dead."
The fight was allegedly a continuation from earlier in the day that was arranged over social media in Arkansas, according to Vaughn.
There were two carloads of people who allegedly pulled up at the Texas-side intersection where Crabtree's home is located, Vaughn said on the scene. Crabtree and the cars' occupants got into an argument. One person pulled a gun and Crabtree was shot once.
After the shooting, the cars' occupants left the scene.
"Investigators learned that an altercation occurred between two females earlier in the day, and the shooting (Tuesday night) may have been a continuation of that incident," a TTPD press release stated early Wednesday morning. "According to witnesses, two vehicles with several occupants arrived ... and another physical altercation involving a large number of young people took place.
"At some point during that incident, one of the combatants retrieved a pistol from their vehicle and fired at Crabtree, striking him once in the chest. The male suspect then fled the scene in a light-colored SUV, along with others with whom he arrived."
Crabtree's body was transported to Dallas for an autopsy and the shooting remains under investigation.
Anyone with information on this felony crime who has not already been interviewed by investigators is asked to contact the Texarkana, Texas, Police Department at 903-798-3116 or Texarkana Area Crime Stoppers at 903-793-STOP.