MONETA, Va. (WDTN) – The situation became more disturbing when the Virginia suspect posted first-hand video of the shooting on social media. It quickly was viewed and shared by hundreds of people before it was taken down.
While the world waited to hear who shot and killed two journalists during a live morning broadcast, the suspect was tweeting about it.
The messages on Bryce Williams’ Twitter page would not have made much sense on any other day, but today the names Alison and Adam were everywhere.
There were 4 messages with allegations against his former co-workers and victims Alison and Adam.
The message that sunk the stomach of every person on his site came across the screen “I filmed the shooting see Facebook”
Two videos were posted on Twitter and Facebook showing the entire shooting from the perspective of the gunman. They were shared again and again.
“The degree to which the person just, gosh, documented everything Is interesting,” said the Director of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Dayton, Art Jipson.
Director of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Dayton, Art Jipson says the fact that the suspect posted his crime online and people shared it, doesn’t surprise him at all.
“People want to share an experience they are having while they are having it.”
Jipson said our society is all about spontaneity and being very public about what we’re doing. The rules don’t change for criminals.
Jipson believes criminals themselves look the same, but they’re documenting their crimes more than ever before.
Natalie: Is it easier or harder for law enforcement when somebody posts something like this to Facebook or Twitter?
“In many ways it can become easier. In fact, I would argue the future of law enforcement is tied to technology and the use of technology,” said Jipson.
Jipson said police departments must do more training on social media and technology. He says posts like this can tell them a lot about the how the crime was committed and who did it.
“This is only going to increase. More and more people are going to share what they are doing in terms of criminal activity. More people are going to brag, more people are going to take videos,” said Jipson.