A 27-year-old woman in Chicago was reportedly shot in the arm Tuesday afternoon while live streaming on Facebook.
The video, which has since been taken down on the platform, was widely shared across the internet, as it showed a seemingly normal argument turn into a spontaneous shooting, according to the Chicago Tribune. The victim was broadcasting the verbal altercation on Facebook Live, the company’s proprietary live streaming service, when the other woman situated in a nearby car pulled out a gun, fired, and hit her in the arm.
Investigators are now using the Facebook video for searching for the perpetrator and as key evidence in general.
“At this point we have no reason to suspect the video is not authentic,” chief police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said, reports the Chicago Tribune. “The victim in this case knows the offender and we are working to locate.” (RELATED: Man Murders Infant Daughter, Kills Self On Facebook Live)
The shooter has been identified, but she and another male assailant are still on the run. The woman who was shot was transported to a hospital, and is currently in stable condition.
Chicago is a hotbed for shootings and other violent crime. There were 650 reported homicides in the city in 2017. The city alone accounts for 10 percent of mass shootings in the country. (RELATED: Chicago Man With Concealed-Carry Permit Shoots, Kills Armed Robber)
But the city saw a nearly 16 percent decline in murders in the city compared to 2016, and overall shootings also dropped, reports CNN. Still, the homicide count in 2017 still exceeds 2014 and 2015’s rates.
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