Radio DJ Shot Dead During Facebook Live Broadcast
A radio broadcaster was shot dead while reading the news on a Facebook Live stream in the Dominican Republic.
Luis Manuel Medina, the presenter of the news programme Milenio Caliente – or Hot Millennium, was killed Thursday morning after gunmen opened fire during the news bulletin.
Producer and director Leo Martínez was also shot dead in an adjacent office at the radio station FM 103.5.
Gunfire could be heard during the live broadcast, with one woman shouting: “Shots! Shots! Shots!” before the transmission abruptly cuts off.
The station’s secretary Dayaba Garcia was also injured in the attack and taken to hospital where she required emergency surgery.
The shooting occurred in San Pedro de Macorís, a small city 45 miles east of the capital, Santo Domingo, police said.
Three men have been arrested, but none have been charged.
Police are yet to identify a motive behind the attack, but the show was known to discuss a variety of subjects from political to social issues.
While journalists in the Dominican Republic come across their fare share of harassment and intimidation, murder is rare. Olivo de Leon, from the College of Journalism, told the Guardian: “For gunmen to open fire in a media outlet like this is unprecedented.”
The last journalist to be killed in the Caribbean country was Blas Olivo who was shot dead in April 2015. His death was ruled as a bungled robbery, although neither his car nor phone were stolen. The case is still ongoing.
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