Chicago man shot and killed while live streaming on Facebook

Chicago man shot and killed while live streaming on Facebook
Antonio Perkins as he appeared during his last minutes of life. (Image via Facebook)

The video embedded in this post is not for the faint-heated. It records the actual moment when a 28-year old Chicago man is shot and mortally wounded as he records a live stream on Facebook.

The 14-minute video starts routinely enough. The man featured in the footage is Antonio Perkins. He is hanging out with friends, complaining about the heat. Sirens can be heard in the background, but they seem unrelated to what was to follow.

As described by Los Angeles Fox affiliate KTLA:

About six minutes into the video, the victim looks out of frame and says “Boy, stop playin.'” Then there about a dozen gun shots.

The cellphone falls to the ground, briefly showing bloodied grass, and screaming can be heard.

“Call the police!” multiple people scream.

The screen goes black, continuing to broadcast for some 30 additional minutes.

A spokesperson from the Chicago Police Department confirmed that the victim was pronounced dead following the shooting.

The incident occurred the evening of June 15. The dead man worked at McDonald’s, where he had reportedly just received a promotion. To add a note of irony to the story, Perkins generally worked evenings. Wednesday was a rare night off.

Friends of the slain man believe he was the unintended victim of a gang shooting.

The shooting came a day after another killing was broadcast live on Facebook’s streaming service.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.

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