Chicago police 'confident' selfie shooting video authentic

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 6:26 AM

The video, which police found during a now-standard online look for following a shooting Thursday on the city'south S Side, shows a man chatting into a camera on a Str during daylight hours when what show up to be shots ring out.

Chicago investigators have number reason to question the authenticity of a social media posting that seems to indicate a man taking a selfie video being struck by gunfire, a police spokesman said Friday.

The video, which police found during a now-standard online look for following a shooting Thursday on the city'south S Side, shows a man chatting into a camera on a Str during daylight hours when what show up to be shots ring out. An obvious gunman is seen stepping over the cameras lens and extending his arms as he fires more than a dozen times.

"We are confident (it) isn't a hoax," Anthony Guglielmi, the police spokesman, said in a brief statement emailed Friday afternoon.

Guglielmi said the 31-year-old victim was in critical condition in hospital. He added the man was known to police and that detectives were waiting to speak with him. Investigators were exploring whether the man videoing himself was targeted in retaliation for previous violence, he said. The gunman fled and number suspect is in custody.

There is number indication the man was hit inadvertently or that it was a case of mistaken identity, said Guglielmi, the police department'south communications director.

"He was certainly targeted," he said. "We are trying to discover out why."

Among the theories investigators are considering is that the shooting might've been in retaliation for taunting rival street-gang members live online. Another opportunity is that the man taking the selfie was taunting rivals after straying purposely into another gang'south territory, Guglielmi said.

In gang-related shootings, investigators typically look for social media sites for clues when a call comes in. In this case, they found the video on Facebook, Guglielmi said.

"More and more of these incidents either originate or exacerbate from some type of action that's on a social media platform," Guglielmi said. The duration police utilize for the phenomenon, he said, is 'cyber-banging.'

In the video, the man smiles as he looks into the camera, turns around with the camera focused on him and talks about a tiny store behind him. Some people can be seen standing on a sidewalk nearby. A few seconds before shooting starts, he says, "I can't be out here without the store being open." He adds, "I necessity somewhere to duck and cover for cover."

He glances to his right a split second before the first sounds of gunfire.

After about thirty seconds of silence, people can be heard talking about rushing to the hospital. And then a woman is heard crying and screaming, "Oh my God, no! ... I don't believe this!"

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