Police Investigating Facebook Live Video of Shooting in Virginia
Norfolk Police tell THR that detectives are looking into the livestream after a "shooting incident that sent three people to the hospital with life-threatening injuries Tuesday evening."
A Facebook Live video posted on Tuesday night appears to have captured the shooting of three men in Virginia.
"We are aware of the video and the police are looking into it," Daniel Hudson, the Norfolk Police Department's public information officer, told The Hollywood Reporter.
Reports of the video first surfaced on Twitter from a user who tweeted, "3 boys just got shot on Facebook live in Berkeley smh" at 5:46 p.m. PT, referring to the Berkeley area of Norfolk, Va.
The user included a link to a Facebook Live video posted by T.J. Williams. (Warning: graphic video). In the video, a man who appears to be Williams and another unidentified male driver can be seen in a pulled-over car. Around the 5:30-minute mark, the livestream is interrupted by the sounds of gun shots.
The camera falls to the floor and the remaining clip, which plays for over an hour, captures the sounds of witnesses followed by the first responders attempting to save the men. "Stay with me, stay with me," a man can be heard upon discovering the men. When the responders arrive, a witness can be heard saying the three men have been shot.
Last week, the shooting of Falcon Heights shooting of Philando Castile was captured on Facebook Live by his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds. A day later, Michael Kevin Bautista live-streamed gunfire from the Dallas attack that left five police officers dead. Following the tragic recordings, Facebook announced new guidelines for live videos with graphic content. Explaining that when it comes to removing graphic real-word events, "context and degree are everything."
On Tuesday night, the Norfolk Police Department released a statement on their website, saying the police were investigating a "shooting incident that sent three people to the hospital with life threatening injuries Tuesday evening."
The statement continues, "At approximately 6:10 p.m., Norfolk dispatchers received a call for gunshots heard in the 900 block of Bainbridge Boulevard. As police responded to the scene, the call was quickly updated to possibly three gunshot victims. Upon arrival, officers located three men inside a vehicle suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.
All three men, ages 27 and 29, were taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with "significant injuries."
The police did not identify the men in the statement.
Hudson told THR that any further updates tonight will posted on the newsflash page, which can be found here.