People talking in a video chat room on an undisclosed website might have witnessed a 19-year-old man in Nebraska committing suicide by putting a bullet through his head. Investigators took apart the man's computer in an attempt to draw up witnesses, according to a police statement.
The police chief of Bellevue, Nebraska, John Stacey, said that the shooting report came in from Florida by someone who said he'd seen the shooting in the chat room on Friday evening just before he logged off. The man added that when he logged back in on Saturday morning, there were other users talking about the shooting.
The Bellevue police station claims that they knew the man who committed suicide, and received a call from Florida. The officers went to the man's house, where he lived with his parents, and found his body in his room, according to Stacey. The current investigation hopes to uncover whether the shooting was an accident or an actual suicide.
“This is the first one I've ever heard about like this,” said Stacey.
Police began investigating the computer of the Nebraska man, hoping to find clues as to who was logged into the chat room once the shooting occurred. This will help the investigators find witnesses. Unfortunately, in these cases, it's difficult to find witnesses, because they use aliases within the room instead of their real names. Contact information may be difficult to acquire this way.
This isn't the first time that someone's broadcasted a suicide, though. Another person in Florida, also aged 19, overdosed on a drug while people were egging him on in an online chat room. Some of the people called the police, but it had little effect, since the police didn't arrive at the scene on time. In England, in 2007, another man hanged himself in a web chat room on cam. He was also found dead later by police.
Edited by Jennifer Russell