A US man captured his own murder on Facebook Live when a gunman opened fire on him as he walked along a North Carolina street.
Prentis Robinson was known for “outing” suspected drug dealers and criminals in posts on his Facebook page, Wingate Police Chief Donnie Gay confirmed to Fox 46.
The 55-year-old musician was filming himself using a selfie stick when he was confronted by a man off-camera on Monday morning.
He told the suspect several times “you’re on [Facebook] Live” before four shots were fired. His camera then falls on the floor and continues recording, capturing the suspect leaving the scene.
“OMG [what] just happened,” wrote one viewer watching the live stream, which has now been removed from his Facebook page.
Multiple sources tell me the victim (Prentis Robinson) in the Wingate shooting had been outing people on Facebook Live who were suspected drug dealers in the neighborhood. Victim was shot, killed while on Facebook Live — minutes after visiting the Police Department. @FOX46News pic.twitter.com/S8qKpseADt
— David Sentendrey (@DavidFox46) February 26, 2018
Suspected shooter Douglas Colson, a 65-year-old who had earlier been questioned and released by police, has been arrested after turning himself in.
Mr Robinson was a prolific Facebook Live user and would record himself daily walking around his neighbourhood talking to the camera, wearing his trademark cowboy straw hat. In other videos he filmed himself singing and playing a guitar.
However, other videos still visible on his memorialised Facebook page showed Mr Robinson, described by family members as being “outspoken” and someone who “spoke his mind”, getting into arguments with locals and threatening others.
The victim’s neighbour, Chester Sanders, told local media he had warned him to stop posting the videos.
Mr Robinson was murdered just a few streets away from the town’s police station, two minutes after stopping to speak with Police Chief Gay about a recently stolen mobile phone.
“Bring his phone back so he can get on with his way today,” Police Chief Gay said in the Facebook Live video.
Police Chief Gay told Fox 46 he feared Mr Robinson may be harmed for “outing” suspected drug dealers and highlighting neighbourhood disputes but never believed he would be killed over it.
The nearby Wingate University and schools in the area were briefly placed on lockdown following the shooting.
A Facebook spokesperson said: “This is a terrible incident and our thoughts are with the victim and his loved ones.
“We have removed the original video and we will apply a warning screen to future uploads of the video intended to raise awareness or condemn this tragedy, and limit accessibility to people over the age of 18.
“We will remove instances of videos from Facebook that are shared supporting or encouraging such acts of violence.”