Police say tweet prompts deadly shooting at East Texas mall

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Posted on February 10, 2013 at 10:21 AM

TYLER — A deadly shooting at an East Texas shopping center is being linked to Twitter.

Police said Ricky Neal Jr. was at Broadway Square Mall in Tyler, Texas when he ran into a group of young men around 9:30 Saturday morning.

They were angry about a tweet Neal had sent to one of their girlfriends.

They took their dispute outside, where — police say — Neal retrieved a gun from his car and started shooting.

A 23-year-old former athlete was killed; two others were able to get away.

Neal, 25, was arrested on murder charges.

A pastor says the situation is tragic because the victim had little to do with the argument.

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