The hashtag #NicholasRobertson is filling with videos on Twitter.
Warning: The below video of the Robertson shooting is graphic and might be disturbing to some viewers.
The 28-year-old Nicholas Robertson can be seen in a graphic video that seems to show Los Angeles county deputies shooting Robertson to death, reports KTLA.
On the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page, the department updated the public about the shooting of Nicholas, with the update regarding the deputy-involved shooting explaining why Robertson was shot and killed.
“Suspect Hit, Long Beach Blvd and Magnolia Ave, Lynwood #LASD Homicide Bureau. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide detectives are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding a Deputy-Involved Shooting that occurred on Long Beach Boulevard and Magnolia Avenue, Lynwood, on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at approximately 11:00 a.m.”
Nicholas reportedly had a gun, say police, which sent folks calling for the cops.
“Detectives have learned that deputies from Century Station responded to the area of Long Beach Boulevard and Magnolia Avenue in Lynwood, regarding multiple emergency calls received of a ‘man with a gun’ and ‘shots heard.’ Several calls updating the suspect’s location were also received, including calls that described the suspect as a “male Black with a handgun wearing a checkered shirt.”
Robertson was found by police when the cops arrived, at the Arco Gas Station seen in the video. Police report that they commanded Nicholas to drop his gun, and said Robertson did not drop his gun.
“When deputies arrived, they located the armed suspect at the corner of Magnolia Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard, in front of a busy Arco Gas Station. The deputies immediately approached the suspect and gave him multiple commands to drop the gun. However, the suspect did not comply and did not drop the handgun, at which time a deputy-involved shooting occurred.”
The video was recorded on Saturday, December 12, at approximately 11 a.m. local time, and is gaining plenty of attention on social media. Whereas the cops say that Nicholas did not drop his weapon when Robertson should’ve dropped his gun, critics on social media are noting how violently police unloaded on Robertson as he tried to crawl away.
“Witnesses in the immediate area said they saw the suspect turn and point the gun at the deputies prior to the shooting. The suspect’s weapon, a loaded.45 caliber handgun, was recovered at the scene.”
Nearly 30 seconds long, the video appears to have been filmed across the street from the shooting of Robertson, and shows the verbal reactions of those who can hardly believe they are watching a man get shot and killed in front of them. The graphic video displays the questions of those who wonder if they are listening to real bullets being fired.
Others wonder why Robertson was shot so many times and fatally, instead of being subdued with fewer gunshots.
On Twitter, as news of the video makes the rounds, more opinions of the fatal shooting of Nicholas are flowing into the #NicholasRobertson hashtag.
Robertson was a husband and father of three children, as reported by the New York Daily News. The 57-year-old uncle of Nicholas — a man named Lanny Mason — drove from San Jacinto, California, after his nephew was shot to death to pay homage to Robertson’s life. Lanny put two candles on the sidewalk and called the cops “wrong” for shooting Nicholas, saying the police appeared to be “doing target practice” on Robertson.
The fact that the graphic video displays Nicholas crawling away and being shot, as reported by the Los Angeles Times, is what other folks are reacting to from the video footage. Police caution the public to look beyond the cell phone video footage of Robertson’s shooting and to consider the full investigation into the shooting as it is completed.
Lynwood was the site of another shooting on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. That’s when they searched for a gunman who had shot and wounded a deputy in the city that’s approximately 20 miles southwest of Los Angeles.
[Photo by AP Photo/Nick Ut]