He went out to cover a shooting that had long ended, but then bullets started flying all over again — and the crack and "zip" of gunshots was caught by his news camera.
As WCHS-TV reporter Sean Delancey was investigating a Friday night shooting in Charleston, West Virginia, he headed to the scene of the crime and started interviewing local resident on Saturday afternoon.
But he didn't get very far in the interviews because of what happened next: Someone started shooting at Delancey.
"Are they really shooting?" the woman being interviewed asks in apparent shock as she ducks and runs.
Watch the harrowing clip below:
DeLancey described the suddenness of the shooting: "I go to hit record on the camera, and I say [to the woman being interviewed], 'Can you tell me your full name and spell it?' and then, 'pow pow pow.'"
DeLancey said he saw three or four young men at a distance who may have been responsible for the shooting — they fled after the shots were fired — but he couldn't see who was holding a weapon.
Charleston police were investigating the shooting over the weekend.
The incident is not the first time this year that a West Virginia journalist made headlines for coming under fire — back in July, WVVA-TV reporter Annie Moore was filming at a crime scene when it seemed someone took a shot at her.
In Moore's case, however, the source of the sound turned out to be a backfiring truck, not gunshots.
In DeLancey's case, bullet holes corroborate his account of the shooting.
"When I heard the first shot my whole body got stiff because I knew exactly what it was," DeLancey said, adding, "I knew how close it was because you could hear that 'zip' [of a bullet]."
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