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North Carolina Man Fatally Shot During Live Stream After Reporting Suspected Drug Activity To Police

North Carolina Man Fatally Shot During Live Stream After Reporting Suspected Drug Activity To Police
Updated 3 months ago

Prentis Robinson, a 55-year-old man from North Carolina, was shot and killed while live streaming his walk on Facebook. Robinson had just left the Wingate Police Department where he'd made a report about his phone being stolen, when he was gunned down. The police were familiar with Robinson. He often live streamed on Facebook reporting on local drug dealers.

The shooting took place across the street from Wingate University, causing momentary panic when it was unclear where the shots were coming from. Wingate University and Wingate Elementary were placed on lockdown until police could figure out that this was an isolated incident.

Local reporter David Sentendrey sent out a series of tweet throughout the day to update people as the story unfolded.

The police identified Douglas Colson and issued a warrant.

Robinson celebrated a birthday recently. His family said he enjoyed live streaming on Facebook and loved playing music.

His family told reporters:

Walking and talking. Just walking and talking. If somebody messed with him he’d definitely go on Live. 

Twitter users offered sympathy for Robinson: