A Virginia man appears to have captured his own shooting on a Facebook Live stream Tuesday night, authorities said.
Norfolk police are continuing to investigate the shooting that sent three men – two age 27 and the other age 29- to hospital with life threatening injuries. Police said in a statement Wednesday morning the two of the men were “doing better, but one is still listed in critical condition.”
“During the shooting incident, one of the men inside the car was broadcasting a live video to Facebook,” police said. “This video has been confirmed to be of the actual shooting incident.”
In the video posted to Facebook by user T.J. Williams, three men can be seen smoking in a car while listening to rap music.
The music is interrupted after roughly five minutes as a series of gunshots ring out and the camera falls to the ground.
“Call an ambulance, please,” a man can be heard saying, following the gunshots.
A person is then heard again calling for an ambulance and informing the dispatcher that three people have been shot.
“Stay calm, stay relaxed,” a male voice is heard telling one of the injured victims. “Stay relaxed, don’t go to sleep.
“Give me your hand. Stay relaxed, I got you. You stay with me, stay with me. It’s going to be alright. They coming, they coming to get you,” the man says. “Everyone keep their eyes open, keep listening to my voice.
After roughly 12 minutes, first responders can be heard in the background. The video continues for more than an hour as the screen goes black and a beeping sound can be heard before the battery presumably dies.
“At approximately 6:10 p.m., Norfolk dispatchers received a call for gunshots heard in the 900 block of Bainbridge Boulevard,” police said in a statement. “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.”
Police are asking are asking anyone who may have information about this shooting incident to contact the Norfolk Crime Line.
The chilling video follows the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile in Minnesota last week, the aftermath of which was broadcast on Facebook Live by his girlfriend Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds.
The video was viewed millions of times and renewed debate about police use of force, particularly against minorities.