A musician filmed his own murder on Facebook Live after a gunman opened fire on him near a North Carolina university campus.
Prentis Robinson was shot four times near Wingate University’s campus in North Carolina on Monday morning and streamed the murder.
The footage followed Robinson, who was in his fifties, discussing his birthday celebrations and an upcoming move from Charlotte to Atlanta, when an armed man approached and drew a gun.
Robinson had been filming himself walking down the street using a selfie stick when he encountered the male shooter, who’s been identified by police as Douglas Colson.
The shooter approached wearing a blue and black windbreaker and brown Timberland boots.
Prentis appears agitated by the sight of his gun, and says, ‘You on Live’ repeatedly in a calm voice, before the shots ring out in quick succession.
Police confirmed, following the murder of Prentis, the area was put on lockdown.
Union County sheriff spokesman, Tony Underwood, said:
We’re pursuing leads and trying to figure out what this is all about.
Sources have told Fox 46 Robinson had previously outed suspected local drug dealers on Facebook.
Prior to the fatal shooting, Robinson had been to Wingate Police Department to talk to the chief about his phone being stolen.
The police station is moments away from where he was shot. Robinson was found by police suffering multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Robinson, who regularly filmed his day-to-day activities on Facebook Live, was mourned by friends on the social media site.
Walter Rorie wrote:
I’m not only pissed but I’m hurt. That was a cowardly move to kill this man on his birthday!
A warrant has been approved for Colson’s arrest.
This is one of many tragic cases of deaths being filmed live and streamed to social media sites such as Facebook.
In April 2017, a US police officer was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter after he shot and killed Philando Castile on Facebook Live.
Minnesota police officer, Jeronimo Yanez, fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop last year, sparking nationwide protests over the use of force by police.
The aftermath of the shooting was captured on Facebook Live by Lavish Reynolds and shows her boyfriend, Philando Castile, bleeding in the driver’s seat as an officer continues to point his firearm, report CNN.
— Jennifer Mayerle (@jennifermayerle) July 7, 2016
She says in the livestream:
We got pulled over for a busted taillight in the back. The police just, just…he’s covered. He’s licensed to carry.
He was trying to get out his ID and his wallet out his pocket and he let the officer know he had a firearm, and he was reaching for his wallet, and the officer just shot him in his arm.
— moonbeam mona (@micamaryjane) July 7, 2016
Meanwhile, thousands of teens and young adults in America are demanding better gun control laws, in the aftermath of yet another school shooting in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day.
A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.