Man Shot Dead In Front Of Family After Answering Facebook Ad For A Free Puppy

Daughter screamed at the suspect: "You shot my dad! You shot my dad!"

By Gina Tron

A Jacksonville, Florida man was shot and killed in front of his fiancee and kids on Wednesday night, after a man came over to sell them a puppy.

Chelsea Bowman and Christopher "Scott" Bowman were divorced, but we're planning to remarry. The couple answered a Facebook ad from a man who said he was giving a puppy away. According to WJXT, the man, who has not been identified by the police, arrived at the Bowman house with the dog. The couple invited the man inside for a drink to thank him.

“The dude takes his shoes off and he stays. And he doesn’t leave,” Chelsea Bowman said. “And it’s making everybody uncomfortable.”

The fiancee told the CBS affiliate that the couple hinted it was time for him to go, that they had to put their kids to sleep. However, the stranger refused to leave.

“He gets very, very volatile, very, very drunk,” Chelsea Bowman said. “My husband (Scott) goes to use the bathroom, and he waits for him. He comes out, and he grabs him and he starts beating him… I mean grabs him, slams him down. Scott was not winning this fight at all.”

Chelsea Bowman said her daughter witnessed the man hold a gun to Scott Bowman’s head. She said that he was able to shoot the stranger in the arm and then run. Then, the man shot Scott Bowman, 39, in the chest. He did not survive. Two children were present during the shooting according to an NBC affiliate.

“[Daughter] Kinley was going ‘You shot my dad! You shot my dad!’” Chelsea Bowman said. “I said ‘Run! Go get help.' I said 'Baby, baby, please,’ trying to wake him up."

Jacksonville Police said Friday that the individuals involved in the shooting have been identified. The investigation is ongoing.



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