Radio DJ and producer shot dead during a Facebook Live broadcast

In a shocking development from the Dominican Republic, two radio journalists were shot after gunmen opened fire during a news bulletin which was being broadcast on Facebook Live.

During the live Facebook video gunfire is heard, along with a woman yelling,"Shots, shots, shots" before the transmission cuts off. Police say they do not yet have a motive for the killings.

His producer Leo Martinez, who was also the director of the radio station 103.5 HICC, was also killed.

Prosecutor Claudio Cordero hopes that the station secretary, who was also shot and had to undergo surgery, would shed light on the shooters' identities.

One said, "There is no word to describe the sadness that overwhelms the family and the people of San Pedro de Macoris for the murder of the voices of our people".

People follow a truck carring the coffin of Dominican journalist Leonidas Martinez along the streets of San Pedro de Macoris Dominican Republic

The duo were broadcasting from a station in the east of the country when unidentified people came in and began shooting.

Medina was presenting the influential investigative news show "Milenio Caliente", or "Hot Millenium", on Tuesday morning in the Caribbean nation, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti and is a popular beach destination for foreign tourists.

In August 2015, two USA journalists were shot dead during a live TV report in Virginia.

Other journalists have said they were victims of hate campaigns after speaking up for the citizenship rights of Haitians born in the Dominican Republic.

  • Carolyn Briggs