Timothy Wilks, a 20-year-old YouTuber, was shot and killed in Nashville on Friday evening whereas attempting to movie a theft “prank” video. Wilks and at the very least one good friend reportedly approached a gaggle of individuals within the car parking zone of City Air, a trampoline enterprise, whereas holding butcher knives, based on the Nashville Tennessean newspaper.
One man within the group, 23-year-old David Starnes Jr., shot Wilks round 9:30 p.m., believing that he and his pals had been in life-threatening hazard. Starnes instructed police he wasn’t conscious it was speculated to be a prank, based on the Tennessean.
Starnes has not been charged and an investigation into the deadly capturing as a matter of self protection is ongoing, based on the Metropolitan Nashville Police Division. Additional particulars about how the “prank” was speculated to go for the cameras weren’t instantly obtainable.
Prank movies are tremendously in style on YouTube, although the definition of “prank” is commonly within the eye of the beholder. Approaching somebody with a weapon, on this case a butcher knife, is just not actually a prank a lot as a menace of violence.
YouTube didn’t invent the prank video, nor did it invent younger individuals doing dumb shit for consideration. However YouTube has allowed individuals to simply monetize that focus in a means that wasn’t an possibility earlier than.
Beforehand, you needed to get your personal MTV present, like Johnny Knoxville and his Jackass crew, when you needed to make any cash doing completely silly and harmful issues in entrance of a giant viewers. And Knoxville was by no means dumb sufficient to method individuals with knives and make it seem like he was about to rob them for a “prank.”
However possibly we’re talking too quickly. There are reviews that the Jackass crew will likely be showing in a brand new film quickly. Knoxville and Steve-O have even been hospitalized whereas filming it, based on a number of reviews. Let’s simply hope they’re not going to rob anybody. We’ve seen how that works out.