A Facebook Live video ended abruptly and disturbingly on Tuesday after three men, smoking and listening to music inside their car, were ambushed by a gunman in Norfolk, Virginia. The live stream captured the entire incident, including the string of gunshots.
The video, uploaded in real-time by Facebook user T.J. Williams, shows him and his two friends smoking in the car while listening and rapping along to hip hop music. However, things take a drastic turn at about 5:40 into the video, when gun shots ring out and the camera falls to the floor of the car and continues recording for another hour or so.
At least 30 shots were heard during the attack, after which a man, presumed to be a witness, can be heard saying, “Call an ambulance please,” followed by him telling the victims to “stay calm, stay relaxed. They’re all good — we called the paramedics already.”
Update to shooting on BAINBRIDGE BLVD. 3 men taken to SNGH for treatment. 2 w/ life threatening injuries, 1 w/ non life threatening injuries— Norfolk Police Dept (@NorfolkPD) July 12, 2016
Paramedics arrived at the scene after about 10 minutes. All three men were transported to a nearby hospital where two of them are being treated for life-threatening injuries.
“We are aware of the possible incident recorded live to a Facebook page, and Norfolk detectives are looking into it,” said Daniel Hudson, spokesperson for the Norfolk Police Department.
“At approximately 6:10 p.m., Norfolk dispatchers received a call for gunshots heard in the 900 block of Bainbridge Boulevard. As police responded to the scene, the call was quickly updated to possibly three gunshot victims,” the police said in a statement. “Upon arrival, officers located three men inside a vehicle suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. All three men, ages 27 and 29, were taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with ‘significant injuries.’”
The authorities have not yet identified the gunman.
Watch the Facebook Live video, which went viral shortly after, below:
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