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Luis Manuel Medina Shot to Death on Facebook Live Broadcast

Luis Manuel Medina Shot to Death on Facebook Live Broadcast

Luis Manuel Medina at the moment he knew there was trouble. (Screengrab of Facebook Live post)

By    |   Thursday, 16 February 2017 07:38 AM

Luis Manuel Medina was shot to death along with the show's producer during a Facebook Live broadcast at a Dominican Republic radio station.

Medina was hosting his news program Milenio Caliente, which means Hot Millennium in English, when the shooting happened at radio station FM 103.5 on Tuesday, reported the The Guardian.The radio station is located in a shopping center in San Pedro de Macoris, 45 miles east of Dominican Republic capital of Santo Domingo.

Medina was streaming the show on social media and gunshots could be heard.

Producer Leo Martinez was killed in an adjacent office and secretary Dayaba Garcia was shot as well. She underwent surgery after being transported to a local hospital.

"We deeply regret today's events with the death of these communicators, a condemnable and painful act that has appalled the Dominican society," said the Dominican Republic's attorney general, Jean Rodriguez, per CNN.

"The investigations are underway and we will seek with all the tools at our disposal to find the truth."

According to CNN, police said they have identified a suspect. The Guardian reported that three men had been arrested, but none has been charged.

The Facebook Live video remained up on Medina's social media site Thursday, which appears to abruptly end before the shooting.

The Guardian said Medina had complained about the pollution in Leguna Mallen, a protected lake in San Pedro in recent weeks on his show, known for its political commentary.

"For gunmen to open fire in a media outlet like this is unprecedented," Olivo de Leon, from the Dominican College of Journalism, told The Guardian.

"The authorities must investigate to determine not just the killers but also the intellectual authors so that we know why they were murdered. Impunity in this case will generate fear among journalists, making them scared to speak out and do their jobs. The government must guarantee freedom of expression."

While murders are rare, four journalists have been killed in the Dominican Republic over the past two decades, the Washington Post reported, quoting figures from the Committee to Protect Journalists.

The last such incident happened in 2011 when José Agustín Silvestre was found dead after being forced into a Jeep by alleged assailants. Silvestre ran a magazine and hosted a television show critical of the government. He accused politicians and priests of drug trafficking and money laundering.

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