A man from Wingate, North Carolina was brutally shot to death while live streaming to Facebook on Monday morning. Prentis Robinson, a 55-year-old musician, was broadcasting on Facebook Live to complain about a family member he claimed stole one of his three cell phones.
Before the shooting, Robinson visited the Wingate Police Department. The live stream continued as he talked to a police officer to report the theft.
He spoke with Chief Donnie Gay, who can be seen on the video stating towards the phone camera and seemingly at the person stole Robinson’s phone, “Bring his phone back so he can get on with his way today,” according to the live stream video posted by the Charlotte Observer.
After talking to Gay, he began walking home. Not long after, a man approached him. The stream is blurry and it is hard to make out what the man looks like. He and Robinson exchanged a few words. Then, multiple gunshots can be heard. Robinson was pronounced dead at the scene.
The suspect was described as a black male with a blue and black windbreaker, wearing brown Timberland boots. He was reportedly armed with a long gun. He fled after the shooting. The suspected gunman was later identified as 65-year-old Douglas Cleveland Colson, according to the Washington Post. He turned himself into police early Tuesday morning, the Wingate Police Department stated in a press release, obtained by Oxygen.
Robinson had just celebrated his 55th birthday on Friday.
“It’s a shame!” one person wrote on his Facebook. “He wasn’t hurting a fly!! Killed on his birthday. So senseless!!” Another wrote, “You touched more lives than I think you even known!!”
A friend, Lola Lopez, told Oxygen, "He was funny, generous, kind, talented & gifted in playing a guitar. Most of all, he was very popular and known [for] performing and playing his guitar. [He was] one of the nicest people on earth — didn't bother anyone."
Typically, Robinson’s live streams were jovial. He would often record himself playing the guitar and singing.
However, sometimes he would broadcast his suspicions over who was dealing drugs in the area, according to the Washington Post. Police Chief Gay said he had “always suspected [Robinson] would’ve been beat up over it but never shot,” local reporter David Sentendrey wrote in a tweet.
Because of the proximity of the shooting, it caused two schools — a university and an elementary school — to be placed on lockdown, according to Fox13.