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Police Investigating After Man Accidentally Shot In The Head On Facebook Live

Police Investigating After Man Accidentally Shot In The Head On Facebook Live

Devyn Holmes could be heard saying: “You’re making me nervous,” seconds before he was shot

Houston police are investigating an incident where a man was accidentally shot in the head in a car. Three people were inside the vehicle in a petrol station carpark around 2:30am after Easter Sunday.

A Facebook Live video was recording the two people playing around with two handguns, however, at one point, victim Devyn Holmes could be heard saying: "You're making me nervous."

Another person replied: "It ain't got no clip, bud."

Holmes tried to stop Cassandra Damper from waving the gun around the in car while she was talking about 'lying ass hoes'. He asked Damper where she's from and she replies: "Say something bitch".

Seconds later the trigger was pulled and 26-year-old Holmes was shot in the head.

Jam Press

A CCTV camera captured the moment Damper and the other man jumped out of the car before several people who heard the commotion came over to see if they could help. Police and emergency services quickly arrived and Holmes was taken to Ben Taub Hospital, where he's reported to be in a critical condition.

Devyn Holmes' brother Kendric has told ABC13: "To me, he's my backbone. To his whole family, whenever problems go down, he'll be right there to pick us all up."

Officers questioned the two people who were in the car and eventually arrested Damper on suspicion of tampering with evidence after she allegedly tried to wipe off gun residue from her hands. The other man wasn't charged.

Fox News says Damper told authorities that she didn't know the gun was loaded when she was waving it around.

The case will be referred to a Grand Jury to see if anymore charges will be filed.

Houston Police Department

Since its inception two years ago, Facebook Live has captured several accidental deaths, murders and suicides. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg says it's been difficult to work out how to keep the essence of the live feature while also being able to censor anything that's against their community standards.

Speaking to USA Today in July, he said: "We have a responsibility to continue to get better at making sure we are not a tool for spreading video of violent acts."

He adds that the videos can, in some scenarios, help the authorities track down their suspects quicker: "If someone's getting hurt, you want to be able to identify what's going to happen and help the right people intervene sooner, and I view that as our responsibility."

Sources: Fox News, USA Today, ABC13

Featured Image Credit: Jam Press

Topics: News, Facebook live