Facebook fight between 'keyboard gangsters' ends in shooting
Sebring told the Tampa Bay Times he "just snapped and let primal rage take over" when he left work early on Monday, went home to get his gun and headed to the home of Alex Stephens.
Sebring and Stephens, 46, had never met, though they live in the same neighbourhood.
Sebring said he's probably going to see a therapist now because it scares him that "I could lose my temper like that and do something so stupid."
Stephens was released from the hospital, where he was treated for gunshot wounds to the thigh and buttocks. He didn't respond to the Times' request for an interview.
According to Sebring, a registered Democrat, he responded to post on Facebook by a felon who said he wanted to share his political opinions even though he'd lost his right to vote.
In Florida, as many as 1.5 million former prisoners aren't allowed to vote due to a ban in the state constitution. But the state's voters will decide in November whether to alter the current ban, which is also the subject on an ongoing federal lawsuit.
If 60 per cent of voters approve the constitutional amendment, most convicted felons no longer in prison would have their rights automatically restored.
Many Democratic politicians are in favor of revising the state's ban, while top Republicans such as Gov. Rick Scott have defended the current system, saying ex-prisoners should have to wait and prove they deserve to have their rights restored.
"I just snapped and let primal rage take over," Sebring said.
He said he parked outside Stephens' house and honked the horn.
Sebring was arrested and has been released on a USD 9,500 bond.
Now in addition to legal troubles, Sebring said he's the target of social media trolling.
"I ruined my life over this," Sebring said. "Now my mother is too afraid to leave the house, my sons are afraid to walk to school or church, all because of some keyboard gangsters."(AP) RUP
(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)