Claim: Darren Wilson was shot by a group of white men outside a
Example: [Collected via e-mail, November 2014]
"Officer Darren Wilson shot at 7-11 by a group of white men??!!"
Origins: On 27 November 2014, Empire News published a story claiming officer Darren Wilson had been shot outside a
The police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri was approached by an angry mob and was shot twice upon exiting a
A witness on the scene, Gloria Matthews, resident of
"Everyone in the store was whispering and pointing, it was really awkward," Matthews said. "He paid for his items, which just happened to be a donuts, of course, and then I paid for my gas. As I walking out, I heard two loud pops that kinda sounded like firecrackers. I looked over and saw him lying on the ground."
The article was written to look like a genuine news article, but this story was simply a work of fiction. Empire News bills itself as an entertainment website and does not publish real news stories. The website currently features fake news stories such as "Christian Groups Outraged By New 'Star Wars' Trailer," "Woman Gives Birth During Black Friday Sale; Leaves Baby, Buys Big Screen TV," and "Man Swallows Pumpkin Seed, Pumpkin Actually Grows In Stomach."
Last updated: 1 December 2014