Radio DJ and producer shot dead during a Facebook Live broadcast

Yolanda Curtis
February 16, 2017

Radio journalist Luis Manuel Medina was in mid-broadcast when his Facebook Live stream ended abruptly.

Moments before that the station's director Leonidas Martinez was killed in his office, they said.

The duo were broadcasting from a station in the east of the country when unidentified people came in and began shooting.

The attackers burst into the 103.5 FM studio and fatally shot presenter Luis Manuel Medina as he was reading the news on air.

Mr. Medina was using Facebook Live Broadcast to transmit his show, when the video was suddenly cut short, following the sound of gunshot and a women's voice screaming "Shot, Shot, Shot" in the background.

Local website Dominican Today reports that three men have been arrested in the wake of the shooting, and police and military have carried out a series of raids across the city. The radio station's secretary Dayaba Garcia was also injured and has undergone emergency surgery, according to local authorities.

The Miami-based Interamerican Press Society (SIP) condemned the 103.5 FM "tragedy" in a statement.

In August 2015, two U.S. journalists were shot dead during a live TV report in Virginia.

Other journalists have said they were victims of hate campaigns after speaking up for the citizenship rights of Haitians born in the Dominican Republic.

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