For the past 24 hours or so, Lohud.com has been using social media to track down leads on the police shooting of a Pace University student early Sunday morning outside Finnegan’s, a Thornwood bar.
Using Twitter, Lohud has been seeking responses from friends of the student who was killed, as well as witnesses to the shooting or the events that led up to it.
Lohud has obtained video taken by a Pace student shortly after the shooting, and they have been able to interview numerous people about the incident.
Other local news gatherers are following suit. I see that in the past hour or so, WCBS news reporter Catherine Cioffi has put out the call on Twitter to anyone who may have been at Finnegan’s at the time of the shooting. Chappaqua-Mount Kisco PATCH has also been posting information on their website and Twitter account. Major news organizations around the region and beyond have also been picking up the story — which is sure to escalate in the coming days.
I wonder if law enforcement personnel are utilizing social media as they attempt to gather additional information about how the events unfolded. I would bet they are, but I’m guessing they will attempt to keep their efforts less visible.
In any case, this is another example of how social media continues to become a more integral part of our lives. It will be interesting to see how this evolves.