Houston Police Investigate The Case That Saw A Man Being Accidentally Shot In The Head During Their Facebook Live
Houston police are digging into the details of a case after a man was accidentally shot in the head inside a car on Facebook Live. There were three people in the car when the incident took place around 2.30am after Easter Sunday.
The incident was recorded as they were on Facebook Live while 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 did actually try to stop Cassandra Damper from playing with the gun as she was talking about ‘lying ass hoes’. He asked Damper where she’s from and she replies: “Say something bitch”.
Unfortunately, seconds later the trigger was pulled and Holmes was shot in the head. 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, told: “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 interrogated the two people who were present 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.
Meanwhile, Damper told authorities that she didn’t know the gun was loaded when she was waving around. The case will be referred to a Grand Jury to see if anymore charges will be filed.
The Facebook Live has captured such similar incidents since it began two years ago. 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.
He said while speaking to a daily in July: “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.”