Facebook live stream captures moment a Chicago man films himself being shot

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Jenny Marc
Friday 01 April 2016 09:42 BST
Chicago man films moment he is shot during Facebook live stream video

A man in Chicago has apparently filmed the moment he was shot while live streaming a video to Facebook on Thursday afternoon.

The 31-year-old victim, who is now in critical condition, was posting the video directly to Facebook from the city’s south side.

Police are still working to authentic the video, but the scene shown is consistent with events that were reported at the same location, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The video begins outside a West Englewood convenience store with a man speaking directly to the camera, joking about the need to go ‘somewhere to duck and hide for cover’.

Seconds later, shots ring out. After falling to the ground, his phone captures footage of the gunman.

Although the video has been shared thousands of times on various social media platforms, the victim has yet to be officially identified.

According to local news outlet WGN, police say the man is a documented gang member and they are following up on all leads.

The incident was one of nine shootings that took place across the city, which left at least three people dead and seven others injured.

Chicago has one of the highest rates of gun violence in the country, with 2016 being particularly deadly.

Within the first three months of this year, the city has had the highest homicide rate in nearly two decades. And as of Wednesday, March 30, at least 727 people had been shot – a 73 per cent increase from the same time last year, according to the Tribune.

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