Posted by TJ Willams on Tuesday, July 12, 2016
A man streaming a Facebook Live video of himself and two other friends in a car in Norfolk, Virginia ended up recording a triple shooting that left all three men in hospital.
The video was uploaded in real-time by T.J. Williams on Tuesday evening and shows him and two friends in a car smoking and listening to music.
About five minutes and 40 seconds into the video, at least 20 gun shots can be heard, throwing Williams back and the phone to the floor of the car.
The video is disturbing, but only the audio shows what happened next.
The footage shows nothing but the floor and silence for a few moments before someone is heard saying: “Call the ambulance please.”
A man is then heard repeatedly telling the victims to ‘stay calm’ and ‘stay relaxed’, saying: “Everybody keep your eyes open. Keep listening to my voice. Stay relaxed,” and “Look at me, stay with me now. Don’t go to sleep.”
Around 10 minutes later, emergency responders can be heard arriving.
The Norfolk Police Department confirmed the shooting, and said the emergency call came in just before 6:15pm, according to WTKR. The Facebook video, which has been shared nearly 2,000 times, has a timestamp of 6:03pm.
The three victims, ages 27 and 29, were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, with two suffering life threatening injuries, Buzzfeed News reports.
According to the audio in the video, all three of the men are still conscious when the ambulance arrives.
The video continues to stream on Facebook for an hour and 10 minutes until the battery appears to die.
It has since been viewed more than 65,000 times, with commenters praising the man who kept the victims calm until medics arrived.
Police did not have a suspect description and were asking the public for help in locating the gunman.