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Two journalists killed during Facebook Live broadcast in Dominican Republic

Luís Manuel Medina was in the middle of a news broadcast when he was shot.

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A RADIO JOURNALIST in the Dominican Republic was killed yesterday after he was shot while reading the news on-air and broadcasting on Facebook Live.

A second journalist was also killed in a separate room during the incident.

Luís Manuel Medina, the presenter of the news programme Milenio Caliente, was shot while reading the news on air on FM 103.5 yesterday morning. He was also live streaming on Facebook at the time.

Gunfire can be heard near the end of the live broadcast. A woman shouts “Shots! Shots!” Shots!” and Medina looks up before the transmission is cut off.

The Guardian reports that the producer and director of the show Leo Martínez was also shot and killed in an adjacent office at the radio station.

The secretary of the station Dayaba Garcia was injured in the attack and taken to hospital for surgery.

Police said that the shooting happened in San Pedro de Macorís, a city about 45 miles east of the capital, Santo Domingo. Milenio Caliente – or Hot Millennium – was a popular local radio station in the area.

As of yet, no motive for the shooting has been established.

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.

Medina was also the official announcer of the Estrellas Orientales baseball team, who confirmed the death and expressed their sadness at the loss in a Facebook post.

The Guardian reports that Medina had recently mounted a campaign condemning pollution in Laguna Mallen, a protected lake in San Pedro.

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