Man's live death on Facebook highlights Chicago's gun violence crisis
A Chicago man reportedly live streamed his own death Wednesday evening.
Twenty-eight-year-old Antonio Perkins was filming himself on Facebook Live spending time with his friends outside when shots rang out. The graphic video shows Perkins falling to the ground and what appears to be blood on the grass. You can also hear people shouting for someone to call 911 and asking if he's okay.
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"A lot of people loved my son. He was a good person. But please, everybody, stay at peace with each other and let God handle it," Perkins' father told WGN-TV.
Police reportedly said Perkins was a known gang member, but his family said he wasn't anymore. WGN reports the victim's brother was also shot and killed a few years ago.
Chicago's currently facing a major gun violence crisis. According to the Chicago Tribune, the first three months of 2016 saw a 73 percent jump in shootings compared to the first three months the year prior. And at least 1,709 people have been shot in the city so far this year.
This is the second time in recent months a shooting has been captured on Facebook Live.
In March, a man in another Chicago neighborhood was using Facebook Live when he was shot. The video caught an image of the shooter holding a gun. The victim, a 31-year-old, survived the incident.
As of Saturday morning, 29 people had been shot to death in Chicago this month, according to DNAinfo, which tracks slayings in Chicago. The site also says 33 people had been killed so far in June, with a total of 288 so far in 2016.