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Man Shot And Killed During YouTube Prank Gone Wrong

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Man Shot And Killed During YouTube Prank Gone Wrong

A man has been shot and killed in a carpark after a YouTube robbery 'prank' went wrong, according to police.

Reports suggest that Timothy Wilks, 20, and his friend approached a group at the Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park in the Nashville suburb of Hermitage, US.

Credit: FOX17
Credit: FOX17

Police in Nashville, Tennessee, said they were called the the area on Friday evening (5 February) and upon arrival David Starnes Jr, 23, admitted shooting Mr Wilks.


Witnesses claimed that Mr Wilks and a friend approached them carrying butchers' knives and Mr Starnes, unaware of the prank, shot Mr Wilks in retaliation.

Mr Starnes has allegedly told the police that he reacted in self defence as he was not in on the joke.

Sky News reports that an investigation has begun and no one has been charged with Mr Wilks' death as yet.

 Credit: Google Street View
Credit: Google Street View

Metro Nashville police say that Mr Wilks was shot just before 9.30pm and explained how he was filming a robbery prank for a YouTube channel.

One lawyer told local Fox affilate WZTV: "I'm sure the people involved would like to characterise this as a prank. But it certainly seems to be a prank that went seriously awry."

Featured Image Credit: Google Street View

Topics: News, US News

Rebecca Shepherd
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