Social media beef led to southeast Austin shooting

Shooting on Scarsdale on May 26, 2017, (KXAN Photo)
Shooting on Scarsdale Drive on May 26, 2017, (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin man is facing an aggravated assault charge after a man was shot during a street fight settling a social media beef.

Police say two men decided to settle their feud at a house in the 4900 block of Scarsdale Drive on May 26. Several people got involved in the melee before the scene died down. Once it calmed down, detectives say a shotgun was fired, striking the 38-year-old victim.

According to the affidavit for his arrest, Ruben Romero III, who will turn 26 next week, was identified as the gunman by the victim’s family members. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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