3 Men Gunned Down on Facebook Live Stream

They were listening to music when shots rang out—and the phone kept recording
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2016 8:05 AM CDT

Three men in a car in Norfolk, Va., were ambushed and shot Tuesday evening, and the phone of one of the men streamed the entire incident on Facebook Live, USA Today reports. In the video, a man IDed as TJ Williams is seen hanging out with two other men, listening to music and smoking, when a few minutes into the clip shots start ringing out, continuing for about 20 seconds, WVEC notes; around 30 shots were fired. Williams dropped the phone onto the floor, where it continued recording for more than an hour afterward. Norfolk Police say they found three men, ages 27 and 29, with gunshot wounds, NBC News reports. The police later tweeted that all three men were taken to a local hospital, two with life-threatening injuries. A police rep confirmed the Facebook video was indeed tied to a Bainbridge Boulevard shooting being investigated, per the New York Daily News.

A few seconds after the shooting (which can be partly seen in a brief WTKR news clip), a man's voice can be heard saying, "Call the ambulance, please," and soon after that, another man can be heard comforting the victims. "Stay relaxed," he says. "Stay with me. … Keep your eyes open. Keep listening to my voice." Police aren't saying yet if they have a suspect or motive. Per the Hollywood Reporter, following last week's Facebook Live streaming of the aftermath of the shooting of Philando Castile, Facebook updated its guidelines for posting live video, noting that when people share "violent or graphic images of events taking place in the real world … context and degree are everything." Williams' entire video can be viewed here (warning: graphic content).

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