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.
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
Outside Prentis Robinson’s home. I just spoke with family members who said he was always walking down the street on Facebook Live. “Walking and talking. Just walking and talking. If somebody messed with him he’d definitely go on Live.” pic.twitter.com/5x2p8LfFaQ— David Sentendrey (@DavidFox46) February 26, 2018
Family members of Prentis Robinson have seen the Facebook Live video where he was killed. They said sometimes he would try to help police find drug dealers, even though he had his own demons. They added, sometimes they felt like police were annoyed with him. pic.twitter.com/qKvES7ZlX4— David Sentendrey (@DavidFox46) February 26, 2018
Wingate Police Chief confirms the @FOX46News report that Facebook Live shooting victim had been “outing” suspected drug dealers. Chief said he always suspected the man would’ve been beat up over it but never shot. @BrandonFox46 and myself at 6. pic.twitter.com/3MUBVH2P8C— David Sentendrey (@DavidFox46) February 26, 2018
The police identified Douglas Colson and issued a warrant.
[BREAKING] First-Degree Murder warrant issued for Douglas Colson. He's accused of shooting and killing Prentis Robinson who was live streaming on Facebook. Robinson was known to "out" suspected drug dealers and criminals on Facebook. Police searching for Colson. @FOX46News pic.twitter.com/FKxUsojBAZ— David Sentendrey (@DavidFox46) February 27, 2018
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:
Sounded like a decent guy from what I’m hearing. Hope they catch the person/people responsible.— Regina: Ex-GoP because Country Over Party (@NotSoEvilRegal) February 27, 2018