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‘I Just Saw Someone Die’: Missouri Rapper Live-Tweets Michael Brown Shooting In Ferguson

| by Khier Casino

A rapper was at his Ferguson, Missouri, home around noon last Saturday when he saw from his window a police officer fatally shoot a teen.

The 27-year-old hip hop artist, who goes by the stage name Thee Pharaoh, live-tweeted the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown and situation following the incident.

The rapper then tweeted a disturbing photo taken from his backyard showing Michael Brown’s dead body in the middle of the street. He admitted that he was upset by what occurred, describing the scene with “blood all over the street” and crime scene tape around his apartment building. (Warning: the following contains graphic content.)

When asked by a Twitter follower why Brown was shot, Thee Pharaoh replied that there was no reason.

According to Mashable, officer Wilson encountered Brown and another man on the street around noon local time, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said Friday. The initial confrontation started when Brown and a friend were "walking down the street blocking traffic.”

An eyewitness to the shooting told CNN that Brown ran about 20 feet before he was gunned down. Thee Pharaoh tweeted something similar.

The rapper said he saw the teenager get shot at least seven times.

The witness says two of those shots were from behind. Then, there was a “barrage” after Brown turned around.

The police then responded to the area, with Thee Pharaoh posting a photo of a rifle-toting officer. It’s unclear if this officer took part in the shooting.

Hours after the shooting, the Twitter user said that Brown’s body was still lying in the street.

Thee Pharaoh thanked his friends on Sunday for making sure he was alright. He said on Wednesday that he would stop tweeting about what he saw.

Since his tweets, his friends have advised him to hire a lawyer and stay out of the spotlight and not speak to reporters.

Thee Pharaoh’s tweets were originally discovered by Tim Dickinson, a reporter for Rolling Stone.

Sources: Daily MailMashableCNN

Photo Source: Twitter/Thee Pharoah