Man broadcasts his own murder on Facebook live
February 27, 2018
(WINGATE, SOUTH CAROLINA) – By all apparent accounts Prentis Robinson did not know when he woke up Monday morning in his small North Carolina town he would be murdered later that day.
CLICK TO ENLARGE. Prentis captured these images of his own murder on his video camera.
Nor did he likely imagine he would record his own murder for posterity on video because it was captured on Facebook live as it happened.
The Charlotte Observer says the murder, in the town of Wingate sent Wingate University into a lockdown, although the shooting was off campus.
Late Monday, police identified the suspect in the case as Douglas Colson and said they were still looking for him. Police had a warrant for first degree murder for Colson.
It is not clear why a man shot Robinson multiple times as Robinson approached him with a video camera on a selfie stick in his right hand but neighbors told Charlotte TV station WCNC that Robinson often used social media to publicize neighborhood disputes and some theorized that’s what got him killed.
The video of the murder (see still frames from it above right) shows Robinson walking down the street talking to the camera, which was attached to a “selfie stick.” First he stops by the Wingate Police Department to talk with Chief Donnie Gay about getting his phone back, which he said had been stolen, then a short time later Robinson encounters another man.
Robinson said to the man several times “You on live,” to alert the man that Robinson was recording on Facebook live. Then the man pulls out what appears to be a black gun, four shots ring out, the camera drops to the ground as Robinson drops and the last moving image, as the camera faces up at the sky, is what appears to be the shooter jumping over Robinson’s body.
The Charlotte Observer said Robinson was a musician and in several other Facebook Live videos, he’s shown playing a guitar.