Houston, Texas- On Easter Sunday, a woman shot a man in the head—the moments leading up to and after the shooting streamed live on Facebook—leaving him in critical condition, according to officials.
Police say officers responded to a gas station located at 5203 Alameda Road at approximately 2:25 AM on Sunday after receiving reports of a shooting there—police obtained information that the male shooting victim was inside a friend’s car with a female and another male, according to police officials.
Police investigators later determined the female occupant was 25-year-old Cassandra Damper and that she had an accidentally shot the victim when a gun she was holding discharged, police said. When the shooting occurred, Ms. Damper was in the front passenger seat and the victim was in the driver’s seat; the other male was in the backseat, according to police.
At the scene of the shooting, police detained Ms. Damper and the male passenger. Officers placed both individuals’ hands inside brown paper bags to preserve any gunshot residue, police said. After her hands were bagged, Ms. Damper tried to wipe them, apparently in an attempt to destroy any evidence that she had fired the gun, according to officials.
In the Facebook live video that allegedly depicts the shooting —posted to a group “Get It Off Your Chest”— the victim can be heard saying “Hey man, you’re making me nervous,” when Ms. Damper takes a gun he is holding. “She ain’t got no clip bud,” the backseat passenger replies.
A moment later, the victim looks at Ms. Damper and says “Where you from again? Scott Block?” Ms. Damper points the gun at the victim, stating, “Say something b_” Then, a muzzle flash can be seen and the victim slumps towards the front passenger seat, blood rapidly flowing from the top of his head.
Multiple Facebook users identified the male victim as Devyn Holmes, although police did not immediately confirm this. On Mr. Holmes’ Facebook profile, he listed that he lives in Beaumont, Texas and is from Galveston, Texas.
The video was streamed from a Facebook account belonging to a user named Cadillac Coleman. On Mr. Coleman’s profile, he lists that he is a resident of Houston, Texas—the images of Mr. Coleman on his account resemble the male that can be been seen sitting in the backseat of the car.
As of Monday, the male shooting victim remained in critical condition at the hospital, according to officials.
Ms. Damper was charged with “tampering/fabricating evidence” immediately after the shooting occurred, police said; it is unclear if she will face additional charges—officials stated that the shooting investigation has been referred to a Harris County grand jury.
From the beginning of 2018 to the date of this story’s publishing, there have been 426 unintentional shooting incidents—reported and verified—throughout the United States, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
Editor’s note: Due to the extremely graphic nature of the shooting video, we have decided to remove the full and unedited version we originally posted; an edited version of the video may be posted in the future.