Late last week a Chicago man captured his own shooting on video while streaming the event over social media. The video was shared on Facebook and Twitter immediately after the shooting. The unidentified is recovering at the Mount Sinai Hospital.
According to authorities, he was shot five times in the face and groin last Thursday afternoon. He is in critical condition.
Police are investigating the shooting and may be able to use the video in their case. He was shot in the Englewood neighborhood, one of the most violent parts of Chicago.
In the video the victim goes for a walk down the street, making the recording of himself, up to the moment shots are fired. Once the shooting begins he drops the camera, capturing footage of the shooter who stands over it for a few seconds. Shortly after the shooting ends neighbors can be heard responding to the event, wailing and calling for help while the camera continues to record the clear sky above.
The shooter has not been identified, at least not publicly, and police and are “working to validate the authenticity of the video,” said Officer Veejay Zala, a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department, to the Chicago Tribune. The police have confirmed that the video evidence is consistent with the other findings in their investigation.
Violence has increased sharply in Chicago leading into 2016, with 135 homicides on record for the first three months of this year, according to the Chicago police. This is the highest number of homicides for the time period in 20 years. The same period last year saw only 77 homicides.
“We have to go back decades to find jumps of this magnitude in year-to-year comparisons,” said Arthur Lurigio, professor of criminal justice and psychology at Loyola University Chicago, speaking to the Tribune. “We’re on our way to 500 homicides again. We’re going backward.”
“We know who is committing these crimes. It’s a small segment of the population,” said police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. “We have those individuals targeted. One of the things we have to do is ensure we hold those individuals accountable when they commit these crimes.”