A video that has gone viral on social media appears to show a 31-year-old man, Brian Fields, being gunned down on Thursday in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. The police say Fields, “was standing in the 5600-block of S. Hoyne when someone walked up and fired shots, then jumped into a vehicle and sped away.”
The video is said to show Fields being gunned down while standing in front of a closed convenience store. As Fields was live-streaming the video to Facebook, gunshots were heard and he dropped his phone to the pavement which was still recording, after being struck by a “flurry of bullets.”
The video was originally live-streamed to Facebook and has now been shared thousands of times on various social media platforms. The Tribune was told by Fields’ mother that before the shooting her son was visting her from out of town and that she met him at a gas station near the corner store where he was shot.
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Amazingly in the video the gunman is seen racing into view as he fired what is said to have been 16 shots as Fields tried to escape. A witness said, “I heard shots, about nine or 10 shots, then the fellow fell down,” according to ABC7 Eyewitness news.
A friend of Fields, Manuel Stewart said, “It looks like someone snuck up from behind him.” A neighbor, Lavito Robertson said: “See, he looked that way, look” [sic]. Robertson went on to say, “I watched this video at least, like, 20 times, I ain’t never seen nothing like that before. I had just keep watching, and watching, and watching it.”
Fields suffered multiple gunshots wounds and his condition is critucal. He is currently on a ventilator in the ICU at Mount Sinai. His mother told the Tribune that her son was shot in his jaw, back, stomach and legs.
Chicago police say they are working to “verify the authenticity of the video, as well as examining it to identify faces to find witnesses and suspects.” The chief spokesman for the police department, Anthony Guglielmi, said on Friday the shooting might be in retaliation against Fields who was convicted of murder in 2009 or that perhaps the shooting was gang related. Police are confident that the video is not a hoax. You can watch the video below.
Chicago is set to have their worse year for violence since 1999, according to The Chicago Tribune. It’s predicted the city will see 500 homicides for the second time since 2008. In 2016 there have been 135 homicides already which is a 71 percent jump from 2015. This year 700 people have been shot which is a 73 percent rise from last year.
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