According to Nashville police, 20-year-old Timothy Wilks was fatally shot when a YouTube prank went terribly wrong. A Tennessee man is dead after participating in a prank robbery for a YouTube video.
Timothy Wilks was shot dead in the parking lot of a Hermitage, Tenn. trampoline park on the evening of Friday, Feb. 5.
According to police, Wilks and the other individual intended to stage a fake robbery as part of a YouTube video. David Starnes Jr. 23 year old, then shot Wilks.
The person who was not recognized in the press release supposedly moved toward a group of people with butcher blades in their grasp.
At the point when specialists showed up on the scene, Starnes Jr. asserted he pulled the trigger in self-preservation and was “unaware” that it was just a prank. Starnes Jr. is not as of now dealing with charges. Police are investigating his self-defense guarantee.
Wilks’ death intensifies a progressing pattern of YouTube pranks going astray. Throughout the long term, different vloggers have ended up in steaming hot water subsequent to partaking in similar schemes, and in outrageous cases, some have dealt with criminal charges for their activities. According to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, the twins wearing all black and conveyed duffle bags, prior to requesting a Uber driver to go about as their escape vehicle.
The driver wouldn’t move and was subsequently held at gunpoint by police after a bystander reported the incident. Police released the Uber driver and gave a warning to the Stokes twins, who endeavored to prank another individual only hours after the scenario.