CRIME

Strip Club Shooting Victim Reportedly Periscoped His Own Death

The shooting left one man dead and seven people wounded.

A disturbing video making the rounds on social media purports to show a Florida man broadcasting his own fatal shooting live on Periscope.

The video, live-streamed early Saturday morning, was reportedly taken by Marvin Douglass Lancaster III, the victim of a deadly shooting at Club Rayne in Tampa.

Uploaded by Periscope user "Lil Marvin," the video, according to Tampa Bay's WTSP News, captured Lancaster talking with a dancer who can be heard saying, "Y'all can keep fighting all y'all want ... Keep fighting."

Moments later, gunshots can be heard and the phone filming the video falls to the floor.

The video has since been taken down from Periscope.

Lancaster was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say seven other people were wounded by gunfire. Six of the wounded have been identified as Christopher Houston, 20; Restaycia Carnegie, 20; Lancinet Stephens, 20; Equanzick Howell, 28; Mekyala Mann, 24; and Jose Humphrey, 32. The seventh wounded person is 17 years old, and has not been identified because of his or her age.

Authorities believe the shooting occurred after an argument inside the strip club. They have yet to name any suspects or persons of interest.

"There were like 300 people in the nightclub, so we've got a lot of names that have been offered to us," Tampa police spokesman Stephen Hegarty told The Huffington Post on Tuesday. "At this point we're not lacking for leads and tips, but we've not had enough to get a warrant for anyone's arrest."

A cell phone number used by Lancaster appears to be connected to the social media account that posted the Periscope video. However, Hegarty would not confirm whether the video was recorded by Lancaster.

"Locally people have been reporting that, [but] we're still investigating things," he said. "You can reach your own conclusions about what that shows and where that came from."

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Tampa Police Department at 813-231-6130. Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of whoever was involved. Tips can be provided anonymously at 800-873-TIPS.

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