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Tuesday 16 January 2018

Facebook Live video showed shooting of three men in a car

Facebook Live allows users to stream live video on the social networking website
Facebook Live allows users to stream live video on the social networking website

Three men have been seriously injured in a shooting that was broadcast live on Facebook.

Police said that one of the three men found shot in a car in Virginia on Tuesday evening was broadcasting live video to Facebook when the shooting occurred.

A Facebook Live video was posted on Tuesday evening showing three men sitting in a car, smoking and listening to music.

About five-and-a-half minutes into the video, gunshots can be heard. At least 30 rounds are fired over 22 seconds. The camera then falls to the floor.

Two 27-year-old men and a 29-year-old were taken to a Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with "significant injuries". Two of the men are recovering well but one remains in critical condition.

The shooting was reminiscent of other recent broadcasts on Facebook Live. In Minnesota last week, Philando Castile's girlfriend streamed the immediate aftermath of his shooting death on Facebook. That video prompted protests around the US, including in Dallas, where five officers were killed.

In Chicago, police said 28-year-old Antonio Perkins was live-streaming when he was shot last month. The video shows a man recording himself standing outside and looking from side to side. Shots ring out and the camera falls to the ground in grass spattered with blood.

Police said detectives discovered the video on the man's Facebook page and believe it is authentic.

Press Association

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