Two Dominican Journalists Killed During Facebook Live Broadcast

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Two radio journalists were shot dead during a Facebook Live broadcast on Tuesday in the Dominican Republic.

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According to the New York Times, Luís Manuel Medina, of Milenio Caliente, was reading the news at the FM radio station 103.5 when a gunman entered the office in San Pedro de Macorís.

In a video uploaded to YouTube, shots are heard while Medina is speaking. Soon, a woman’s voice yells, "Shots! Shots! Shots!" In response, Medina looks up from the screen, and the broadcast cuts abruptly. He was killed.

In an office adjacent to Medina’s, Leo Martínez, a director of Milenio Caliente, was also fatally shot. A female state secretary has been hospitalized and was described as seriously injured.

Authorities are still unclear about the motive of the attack, but three men have been arrested in connection to the shooting.

“The investigations have begun, and we will try, with all the means in our powers, to reach the truth,” Attorney General Jean Rodriguez told reporters.

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Killings of journalists aren't common on the Caribbean island, though some have received death threats and harassment for coverage on the country's controversial immigration debate.

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