A North Carolina man who was shot and killed Monday morning was reportedly streaming on Facebook Live when he was gunned down.
WSOC reported that authorities have identified the victim as Prentis Robinson, 55. Minutes before the shooting, Wingate police Chief Donnie Gay told reporters that Robinson stopped by the police station to report a stolen phone. Gay supposedly appeared in the livestream, telling Robinson’s viewers to “bring his phone back so he can get on with his way today,” according to The Charlotte Observer.
Celebrating his birthday days earlier, the local musician was talking about his celebration plans when a man is caught on camera approaching him.
Multiple sources tell me the victim (Prentis Robinson) in the Wingate shooting had been outing people on Facebook Live who were suspected drug dealers in the neighborhood. Victim was shot, killed while on Facebook Live — minutes after visiting the Police Department. @FOX46News pic.twitter.com/S8qKpseADt
— David Sentendrey (@DavidFox46) February 26, 2018
“You on Live,” Robinson says several times then turns his selfie stick over to film a man holding a long gun.
Seconds later, the man is seen and heard firing four shots before a face-up camera catches him running out of frame.
“Omg [what] just happened?” one viewer supposedly commented on Facebook seconds after the shooting.
The Observer reported that trees are seen for the remainder of the broadcast. However, near the end, someone pulls up in and finds the dying man, according to the newspaper.
Though police haven’t revealed a motive for Monday’s shooting, multiple sources told local reporter David Sentendrey that Robinson would use Facebook Live to out suspected drug dealers in the neighborhood.
Wingate University and Wingate Elementary were temporarily placed on lockdown as police investigated the fatal incident, according to WSOC. Wingate University described the suspect as a Black male wearing a blue and black windbreaker and Timberland boots.
This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about Prentis Robinson’s murder is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
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[Featured Image: Prentis Robinson/Facebook Live video screenshot]