Another shooting in US broadcast on Facebook Live, three men injured

  • AP, Norfolk
  • Updated: Jul 14, 2016 00:25 IST
Three were injured in a shooting in Virginia, which was live streamed on Facebook. (Shutterstock/Representative image)

As a man live streamed Facebook video of himself and two friends smoking and listening to music in a car, someone opened fire on the vehicle, wounding all three men, Norfolk police said on Wednesday.

About 5 ½ minutes into the Facebook Live video posted on Tuesday evening, at least 30 rounds are fired in a 22-second span. The camera then falls to the floor. Norfolk Police confirmed the video was of the triple shooting, but officer Daniel Hudson said he didn’t have any further details, including whether the men were targeted.

Two 27-year-old men and a 29-year-old were taken to a hospital with “significant injuries”, police said. Two of the men were doing better on Wednesday, but one is still 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 country, including in Dallas, where five officers were killed.

In Chicago, police say 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 spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi said at the time detectives discovered the video on the man’s Facebook page and believe it’s authentic.

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