Chickasha police trying to educate public on social media use after shooting rumors

CHICKASHA, Okla. -- After a social media post created controversy about a shooting, police and city officials are hoping to educate the public about the proper ways to use social platforms.

On ​Monday, Chickasha police responded to a shooting in the 200 block of Ada Sipuel.

"Heard a lot of shots," Johnny Bradley said.

Johnny Bradley said it happened just around the corner from his house.

Police said one person was shot following an altercation, but that was not what was spreading around town.

"Social media, there was a 101 different things. As matter a fact, they say there's a drive-by shooting in downtown Chickasha," Bradley said.

Bradley is talking about a Facebook post that has since been deleted.

In that post, a Chickasha woman warned the community to stay inside because of a drive-by shooting that injured several people. However, police say most of the statements posted were not true.

"What was going through my head was, get off them cell phones and quit listening to social media," Bradley said.

The woman who wrote the post said she was relaying second-hand information, saying she decided to alert the public about the potential danger before she found out all the facts.

"The incident that we had the other day was unfortunate. I don't think any harm was meant on either side,” Chickasha city councilman Jim Hopkins said.

Hopkins said social media can be a blessing and a curse. That’s why police and city officials are currently preparing to release something to the public about the proper ways to use social media during these types of situations.

"A lot of people now, for better or worse, that's the only place they get any of their news at all is off of Facebook. So I think we have to be pretty diligent about what we put on there and make sure that it's accurate," Hopkins said.

According to the Chickasha Express Star, police are currently discussing ways to get information out to the public faster through social media.