In a shocking incident captured on camera and later shared online, a brazen shooting occurred, believed to be fueled by a social media feud. The Baton Rouge Police Department made an announcement on Wednesday morning, stating that they had arrested 22-year-old Raneshia Pointer on an attempted murder charge.
According to a spokesperson from BRPD, Pointer and the victim had arranged to meet on June 7 at Longridge Avenue with the intention of engaging in a physical altercation. Following a scuffle at the agreed location, Pointer retrieved a firearm from her car.
The video, captured from the victim’s perspective, depicted Pointer pointing the gun at the other woman and firing a single shot. The victim sustained a gunshot wound to her shoulder and managed to drive herself to a hospital for treatment.
Law enforcement took Pointer into custody on Wednesday, and she was subsequently booked into jail around noon. It should be noted that Pointer had been previously arrested for a similar confrontation last year.
In that incident, she and her mother, Rhesa Pointer, allegedly arrived at a gas station in Ascension Parish, accompanied by a small child, with the intention of confronting another group of women. During the altercation, Rhesa Pointer reportedly discharged a firearm, striking one woman multiple times.
The sequence of events underscores the concerning escalation of disputes in the digital age, with social media platforms becoming a catalyst for real-life violence. The arrest of Raneshia Pointer serves as a stark reminder of the severe consequences that can arise from such conflicts.