YOUTUBE prankster Timothy Wilks was shot dead by David Starnes Jr while filming a fake robbery in Nashville, Tennessee, for his channel.
The 20-year-old was killed in a parking lot shortly before 9.30pm on Friday, February 5.
Who is David Starnes Jr?
David Starnes Jr is the man who shot YouTube prankster Timothy Wilks dead.
The 23-year-old has admitted opening fire on the 20-year-old.
Starnes is being investigated by homicide detectves.
Why did David Starnes Jr kill Timothy Wilks?
YouTuber Timothy Wilks is reported to have lunged at strangers with bitcher’s knives at a car park in Tennessee so he could record their terrified reactions.
David Starnes Jr reportedly admitted he shot Wilks, telling cops he had no idea what he thought was a violent robbery was actually a video stunt.
He believed himself and others were in real danger.
The 23-year-old is also said to have told police that he didn’t know anything about the video prank, reports BuzzFeed.
No arrests have been made, and police say they are now investigating whether Starnes acted in self-defense.
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Local police said they believed Wilks was filming a robbery prank for a YouTube channel at the time.
One lawyer told local Fox affilate WZTV: “I’m sure the people involved would like to characterize this as a prank.
“But it certainly seems to be a prank that went seriously awry.”