It’s a scary episode, and it points out something which is in some ways so obvious it never gets said. A huge percentage of what people post about themselves on social media is literally just role-playing. People are creating some image they imagine about themselves, that often has little to nothing in common with their real life.
In this case it’s mostly meek teenagers acting hard and creating online gangs with pistols, weed, and wads of cash, and the disrespect which was created online between two made-up crews, made someone angry who had a real gun and decided to shoot the online tough-guy when they met the real life guy. The online image only has to be real for an instant to one person, and someone’s really dead. And that death then feeds the same online post-fact gang war.
If you woke up in the morning and say, “I’m going down to 42nd street and commit a mortal sin!” Save your cab fare; you did it, man! – George Carlin