Tweet of the Day: #Ferguson protester ‘shot to death’

The message has all the makings of another tragedy that could turn ugly.

A Twitter message on Sunday by a Brentwood, Mo., resident who tweets under the name Paul Hampel notes that Ferguson protester Becca Campbell “was fatally shot on Fri.” The tweet, which appears below, also contains a picture of Campbell that Hampel notes he took, which shows her “arguing with a cop.”

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What is missing from the tweet are the facts that (1) the gun was Campbell’s (she bought it in preparation “for possible Ferguson-related unrest”) and (2) that the shooter was Campbell herself. From ABC affiliate WISN via CNN:

SA woman appears to have accidentally fatally shot herself in the head with a gun bought to prepare for possible Ferguson-related unrest, according to sources briefed on the police investigation. […] The female victim, identified in a police report as Becca Campbell, 26, was a passenger in a car involved in an auto accident. Her 33-year-old boyfriend was driving, the sources told CNN.

As for Ferguson residents taking up arming against the advent of civil unrest, a report last week by J.E. Dyer indicates that a Ferguson-area police officer supposedly warned residents to buy a gun. Is it a stretch to hold the police responsible for Campbell’s death? One of Hampel’s Tweeter correspondents seems to raise that specter: 

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.