Police, jail and court records reveal snippets of a troubled past for the 17-year-old with alleged gang ties who allegedly opened fire into a crowd on Ocean Boulevard June 18.
Derias J’Shaun Little, of Mt. Gilead, N.C.. was charged with seven counts of attempted murder for the shooting that left seven injured and captured national headlines after the melee was caught on a viral Facebook Live video.
The video appeared to show Little embroiled in a fight before he pulled a gun from his pants and fired into a crowd near Fourth Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard. A security guard at a nearby hotel fired back at Little, wounding the shooter, police said.
Little, who also is charged with carjacking and possessing a weapon during a violent crime, carjacked a nearby vehicle and fled the scene, but was apprehended minutes later in a parking garage of the Landmark
A man inadvertently captured a mass shooting live on Facebook this week after a traffic jam turned deadly in South Carolina. The incident reportedly occurred in Myrtle Beach early Sunday after a fight broke out among several men, one of whom pulled a gun and opened fire. Seven people were reportedly hospitalized as a result of the event.
“If you’re watching this, stay away from Fourth Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard,” Bubba Hinson, who captured the video, said during the Facebook Live stream. “There’s multiple people been shot!” The video, which has since gone viral and is still available on the site, had well over 4 million views on Facebook as of Tuesday evening.
A man inadvertently streamed a mass shooting on Facebook Live — believing he was filming people dancing in the street, according to reports.
Bubba Hinson’s video of a gunman opening fire and wounding six people during an argument at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Sunday has since racked up more than a million views, much to his dismay, the News and Observer reports.
“I always wanted a viral video, but I never wanted it to be like this,” Hinson told the news outlet.
Hinson, a volunteer firefighter in town for a convention, says he saw a throng of people blocking traffic at around 12:25 a.m.and started streaming the gathering on his Facebook page, expecting people to bust a move.
Instead, someone pulled out a gun and busted some caps.
“I thought they were dancing. That’s why I started filming it,” he told the paper. “Then, they started fighting. Then, they started shooting.”
Facebook will “look for ways to make it easier for people to report such videos and speed up the process of reviewing items once they are reported,” Justin Osofsky, Facebook’s vice president for global operations and media partnerships, said in a statement on Monday.
The video appeared to show suspect Steve Stephens fatally shoot 74-year old Robert Godwin. US authorities have widened the manhunt for the murder suspect. Police said they have received dozens of tips about the possible location of the suspect, Steve Stephens.
‘Need to do better’
Facebook has been criticized for not taking the video down faster. The company issued a statement on Monday afternoon saying it hadn’t received a report about the shooting video until “more than an hour and 45 minutes after it was posted.”
“We disabled the suspect’s account within 23 minutes of receiving the first report about the murder video, and two hours after receiving a report of
“This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook.”
The “content” the Facebook spokesperson was referring to was the apparent killing of 74-year-old grandfather Robert Godwin, shot at close range in Cleveland on Sunday afternoon as he walked home from an Easter meal with his family. Godwin’s suspected attacker, 37-year-old Steve Stephens, filmed a first-person view of the shooting and uploaded it to his Facebook page, where it remained for more than two hours before being taken down – not before the video had been copied, reposted and viewed millions of times.
The victim’s grandson, Ryan Godwin, begged people on Twitter to stop sharing the footage, saying “that is my grandfather, show some respect”.
This week three men have been arrested in Sweden on suspicion of raping a woman in an apartment in Uppsala, about an hour north of Stockholm. It wasn’t difficult for the police to find the suspects because they broadcast the alleged assault on Facebook Live. Several viewers reported the footage and police swarmed the apartment to take the men into custody.
Facebook Live allows anyone to broadcast a video directly from their smartphone to the social network. Despite a wide-reaching advertising campaign urging people to use the feature to share heartwarming life moments, it’s gained