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Police turn to Facebook for answers in nightclub shooting

Sgt. Brent Barbee, APD Sgt. Brent Barbee, APD

Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - As investigators wait for the man shot by Amarillo police to recover, they're logging online, looking for clues about what happened in yesterday's officer involved shooting.

They're logging on to Facebook... But they're not stopping there - they're also checking on mySpace and YouTube. They're searching for videos or photos of Thursday's early morning incident at the Sorority House nightclub.

Officers say they know they exist because there were a lot of people shooting video and snapping pictures with their camera phones.

Amarillo police say they're turning to social networking sites more and more frequently to search for evidence or find people... And often, the criminals make their job very easy.

Sgt. Brent Barbee says, "assault suspect made some comments and statements on a social networking website. People pose with contraband, weapons, marijuana, things like that. They post those pictures in a manner that everyone can see them."

Others have even let bragging rights overrule common sense... One criminal wanted for aggravated robbery boasted that the cops can't catch him...he was caught shortly after.

They're hoping for repeat success when it comes to Thursday's shooting... Not necessarily to catch a crook, but just to get some answers. 

Only five people out of the 100 that were there have come to police with information. Which is why police have now decided to log on and find it for themselves.

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