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North Carolina man shot live on Facebook, killer remains at large



WINGATE, N.C. – A man here who spent his time improving his neighborhood was shot dead on Monday while he was on Facebook Live, authorities said.

Prentis Robinson, 55, was shot dead about a block from the police headquarters where he had just stopped to report a stolen cell phone, said Wingate police chief Donnie Gay.

The police identified the suspect as a lifelong Wingate resident Douglas Cleveland Colson. The 65-year-old man was released on Tuesday morning, probably somewhere in the area, and according to Gay, was considered armed and dangerous.

In the footage that Facebook has now removed, but watched by NBC News, Robinson is seen walking down a street in Wingate, south of Charlotte, using a cell phone on a selfie stick.

"You on Live," Robinson keeps telling someone who obviously does not approach him.

The person whose face is not visible seems to fire four shots. Robinson falls to the ground.

In a statement, Facebook said it removed the mail because the company could not have known if Robinson "wanted this horrific act to be live streamed on social media."

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Gay said the suspect was wearing blue jeans, brown Timberland-style boots and a black-and-blue windbreaker. Wingate University, which shelved its campus shortly after the shootout, added that the suspect was armed with a long gun.