According to an official Elyria Police Department police report, there was an altercation on the 500 block of Bell Avenue, the West side of Elyria, Ohio; that lead to blows being thrown and shots being fired. From first-hand knowledge of the situation, we can factually say that the altercation stems from a disagreement that took place on the digital soils of Facebook. The two parties involved in this unfortunate situation are identified in the police report as being Shannon Ray Williams, 38 and Allen T. Shine, 40, both natives of Elyria’s west side.
What seems to have started out as a simple Facebook status post that was published by Shine, giving another west side Elyria native props (honor) for helping him (Shine) to be able to be in a position that would better the quality of his family’s life, progressed into a full-blown back-and-forth “spat” between Williams and Shine. By looking at the thread on Shine’s Facebook post, Shine is under the impression that Williams was indirectly throwing shade at him via several of his posts, saying in a way that Shine’s new achievement means nothing because the man who helped him (Shine) is “soft”.
The post from Williams that garnered the attention of Shine was posted on August 12, 2019. Williams stated, “And just know Elyria Westside the n***** y’all think his boss I look at ass soft 4402192265”. Shine responded directly to Williams on the post by saying “When I say boss ..it has nothing to do with how soft or hard a nigga is…a nigga put me on to some shit that gonna make me and my fam money…I don’t care how soft or hard a nigga is….that has nothing to do with being a boss or getting paper.” It seemed that would have been enough to quench the then small flames, as Williams responded by saying “Kno doubt.”
Not long after that, Williams began to publish several public video posts to his Facebook page that seemed to contain subliminal messages and taunts that were directed at Shine, goading Shine to come to meet Williams at “580 Willow Park”. They were shrouded in so many ambiguities that I wasn’t able to discern who the posts were directed towards. After piecing together some facts, I can only assume that Williams was speaking to Shine. At least Shine felt the indirect messages were directed at him. Shine seemed to be so frustrated with the situation that he made a status post that stated “Since we doing Facebook …. Nine times out of 10 I’m by myself just riding my scooter up and down Belle avenue up and down lake avenue and I sit at the carwash a lot… So if any of you lame ass n***** want to fight cuz I said Dough Mccall was a boss…. You most likely find me in those spots…. And I’ll put a name on it Shannon Williams.” After making that post, it seemed as if Shine cooled off. He even made a status post that said “Back to my peaceful life…. Never let a MF that standing still in life run you off the road… Keep advancing and adding value your life.”