Household Rallies On TikTok For Man Shot On Video
Published November 28, 2021 Updated November 28, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. CST
A shootout in Lubbock, Texas caught social media attention and sparked the online Justice for Chad movement.
A video of the victim’s family toasting the victim’s memory has been viewed over 4 million times, with TikTok creators now demanding answers.
On November 5, according to news reports, Chad Read was shot dead during a heated battle over Kyle Carruth’s custody. Read shared children with his ex-wife Christina, who had a romantic relationship with Carruth.
A video released of the altercation shows Read arguing with Carruth over the children. Carruth then goes in and returns shortly afterwards with a shotgun.
The two men then face each other, which causes Carruth to fire a warning shot at the ground. A few moments later there is a fight and Carruth kicks and shoots directly at Read.
When the authorities arrive, Read is dead on the scene.
Read’s family say it was murder. Carruth officials say it was an act of self-defense. However, the controversy also stems from the alleged inaction by the Lubbock Police Department and the Lubbock District Attorney.
Carruth was neither arrested nor charged with a crime related to the shooting.
The Daily Dot reached out to the Lubbock Police Department for comment but received no response by the time we went to press.
At first, authorities did not disclose Carruth’s name to the press until local journalists revealed his identity through papers from his divorce petition. After his name became known, these records were then sealed from the public.
TikTok user Madison Luscombe, posing as Read’s stepdaughter, has uploaded a video in which her family gathers in mourning and toasts “Justice for Chad.”
“10 days ago our stepfather was shot dead by a man with high-profile connections to our community,” says the caption of the post. “Please help us spread this story …”
In a follow-up video, Luscombe reveals how widespread attention on her first post behind the scenes has translated into real-life activity.
“We have been contacted by Youtubers and TikTokers as well as local media, national media, podcasts, the list goes on,” she says.
“Kyle Carruth was named in our local newspaper yesterday as a suspect in the shooting and murder of Chad,” she continues. “This is the first time in two weeks that he has been mentioned by local media.”
Reply to @hermburgerz not much of an update, but he was finally named by local media 👏👏👏
The TikToker says the family ultimately wants an investigation, but the increased press coverage will be counted as a win.
Justice for Chad supporters are also encouraged to contact the Attorney General’s office to request that an investigation be opened.
Carruth’s involvement with gun rights organizations has also caused a stir on the Internet.
Shannon Watts, founder of gun violence prevention group, Moms Demand Action, posted about the case on Instagram and Twitter. She identified Carruth as the leader of the Lubbock 2nd Amendment Coalition and as a “gun extremist”.
On Twitter, Watts also referred his followers to an interview by Carruth from 2015 on local radio, in which he spoke out against weapon-free zones and additional security measures.
Carruth argued in 2015 on behalf of the Lubbock 2nd Amendment Coalition that more guns are saving lives everywhere. https://t.co/UNYTtrpTaq
– Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) November 24, 2021
“It’s absolutely unsafe,” says Carruth in an interview. “Gun-free zones have been shown to increase the likelihood of an active shooter.”
Update 4:00 p.m. CT, November 28th: In statements to the Daily Dot, Luscombe said she wanted the public to know that Chad “loves his children” and that she and her family support the Second Amendment, but that Carruth’s actions are wholly unjustified.
Luscome added that she finally reached out to shoot the now-viral TikTok video after encouraging friends to raise awareness about the incident.
“It has been over a week, no charges have been filed, he was never arrested on the spot,” she explained, referring to the TikTok video. “We were crazy. We were tired of sitting around and being quiet. ”
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* Initial release: November 28, 2021 at 1:55 p.m. CST
Dan Latu is a freelance journalist who writes about the internet and culture. His work previously appeared on the Real Deal and Columbia News Service.