Friends say that Prentis Robinson's videos were intended to fight crime and better the community, but could have made people upset.
A North Carolina man was shot to death in his neighborhood while streaming the entire thing on Facebook Live.
Prentis Robinson, a staple in his Wingate community, spent his free time trying to better his neighborhood by taking videos of illicit activities that went on in his neighborhood and handing them over to the police.
On Feb. 26, Robinson was filming one of these videos with a cell phone attached to a selfie stick. As he walks down the street, he appears to notice someone moving toward him.
“You on Live,” he says multiple times. The person, not visible on camera except for his attire, then fires four gunshots, which knock Robinson to the ground.
The suspect, a 65-year-old lifelong Wingate resident named Douglas Cleveland Colson turned himself in on Tuesday. According to police, Colson has been arrested before.
It is not yet clear why Colson targeted Robinson, though the police noted that he didn’t seem to care if he was caught. He obviously wasn’t bothered by the fact that Robinson had a camera, and that he had potentially been caught on it.
Furthermore, the crime took place just one block from the police station. According to Police Chief Donnie Gay, Robinson had just left the station, after stopping by to report a stolen cell phone.
“Only being a block or so away from the police department — if that’s not brazen I don’t know what is,” Gay said. “It’s heartbreaking. I can’t believe it.”
According to friends of Robinson’s, his videos most likely made a few people upset, especially those who were incriminated by them. But, Robinson wasn’t bothered by that, instead only concerning himself with those whom he could help.
In his last video posted before the attack, Robinson meanders down the street, on his way to the police station, and worries openly about the elderly members of his community.
“They’re afraid of some of the activities going on,” he said. “I’m trying to keep the neighborhood quiet like this — peaceful.”