Sunday 22 April 2018

Man arrested over fatal shooting captured live on Facebook

The incident was streamed on Facebook (Yui Mok/PA)
The incident was streamed on Facebook (Yui Mok/PA)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A North Carolina man has been charged with a fatal shooting captured live on Facebook not far from a town’s police department.

Jail records show Douglas Cleveland Colson was being held without bond on a charge of first-degree murder.

Union County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Underwood confirmed Colson was charged in the death of Prentis Robinson, but referred other questions to the Wingate Police Department.

Wingate Police Chief Donnie Gay told media that Robinson had been to the police department minutes before the shooting on Monday morning and spoke with the chief about a mobile phone that had been stolen from him.

According to video posted by The Charlotte Observer, Robinson was walking down a street and broadcasting himself live on Facebook with a selfie stick when the shooting happened.

At one point, he was heard saying “You on live”, apparently telling another person the conversation was being recorded. The person is seen with a long black object and then shots ring out.

The camera hit the ground after gunshots and showed sky and trees, and the gunman running away. A car pulled up and found Robinson.

The shooting happened near Wingate University and Wingate Elementary School in the town about 30 miles south-east of Charlotte. Both were temporarily locked down on Monday during the investigation.

Robinson’s Facebook account described him as a musician who lived in Atlanta. The Charlotte Observer reported that Robinson lived in Charlotte during the previous decade but spent much of his adult life in Wingate and graduated from a local high school.

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