Man Shot to Death in North Carolina While Broadcasting on Facebook Live

February 26, 2018 Updated: February 26, 2018

A man in North Carolina was shot to death Monday morning, Feb. 26, while broadcasting on Facebook Live.

The shooting was captured during the broadcast from Wingate, North Carolina.

The shooting happened around 10 a.m. on Jerome Street in Wingate, reported WSOC-TV.

The video was recorded by Prentis Robinson, who was identified as the victim.

Robinson was recording using a selfie stick, walking in a neighborhood just prior to being shot.

In the video, Robinson discusses walking to the Wingate Police Department to ask about getting his phone back because he said it was recently stolen.

“Bring his phone back so he can get on with his way today,” a police department official said to the camera during the Facebook Live.

The man then continues walking. About five and a half minutes into the video, he encountered someone off-camera.

Warning: Footage is graphic

A man holding a long back object briefly appears before several shots ring out.

“Omg (what) just happened,” one person commented on Facebook seconds after the shooting.

Soon, a car pulls up and someone finds the man and calls 911.

Robinson was an Atlanta-based musician.

It’s unclear how many people were watching the broadcast when the shooting occurred.

Facebook Live broadcasts typically only attract a handful of people, although some have been known to attract hundreds or even thousands.

The shooting led to nearby Wingate University being placed on lockdown for just over one hour.

Wingate Elementary also entered a lockdown until around 1 p.m.

Police told the university that the suspect was a black male wearing a blue and black windbreaker and brown Timberland boots.

The suspect was armed with a long gun.

“We’re pursuing leads and trying to figure out what this is all about,” Union County Sheriff Public Information Officer Tony Underwood confirmed to the NY Daily News.


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