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Dad shot dead after answering Facebook ad offering a dog

Online shopping is one of the great conveniences that resulted from the birth of the internet. We’re now able to purchase items directly from retailers without having to leave the comfort of our own home.

There are also websites that allow us to buy and sell used items from other consumers such as Craigslist, eBay and now Facebook’s Marketplace. Unfortunately, there have been some horrifying stories about some transactions through these marketplaces. You’re not going to believe the most recent incident.

How a recent Facebook Marketplace transaction led to murder

Last week, a family of four responded to an ad on the Facebook Marketplace. A man had posted an ad looking to find a home for a dog that he had recently found roaming at his job site in Florida.

Christopher “Scott” Bowman responded to the post and told the seller that he wanted to give the dog to his fiancée and two children. The seller told Bowman that he could have the dog for free and that he would even bring the pup to his house.

When the stranger showed up at the Bowman residence, as a thank you for giving them the dog for free, they offered the man a drink. Chelsea Bowman told Action News Jax, “The dude takes his shoes off and he stays. And he doesn’t leave and it’s making everybody uncomfortable.”

After drinking with the man for some time Chelsea said, “He gets very, very volatile, very, very drunk. My husband goes to use the bathroom, and he waits for him. He comes out, and he grabs him and starts beating him.”

Police said the fight escalated to the point where the stranger pulled out a gun. After a bit of a struggle, the man allegedly shot Scott in the chest and he later died from his wounds. His children witnessed the brutal attack.

When police arrived on the scene, the stranger was outside the home and he told them he was involved in the shooting. The unidentified man was taken into custody for questioning. The investigation is ongoing.

This is just one of many terrifying incidents we’ve learned about through marketplace incidents. Last year we told you about a potential murderer posting on Craigslist.

Whenever you are dealing with strangers like this you really have to be cautious. It’s always a good idea to meet the seller or buyer in a public place rather than giving them your home address. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

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