April Fool’s Day, 2018 — Unfortunately, this isn’t a joke.
Early April 1st, a video began trending on Facebook showing the disturbing shooting of Houston native, Devyn Holmes. The video, which was recorded on Facebook live late Saturday, March 31st, shows Devyn in a vehicle with two other individuals: a friend who goes by Cadillac Coleman and a woman by the name of Cassandra Damper.
Damper is seen in the recording threatening an unknown person before picking up a gun lying on the console near the front seat. Waving the gun and pointing it towards the camera, Damper asks “see what we do to lying a*ss hos? We pull down on ’em,” before cocking the pistol and changing her target to Holmes, who is sitting next to her. Holmes places his hand on the weapon and tells Damper she’s “making [him] nervous” and appears to try and make Damper stop pointing the gun in his direction. Coleman, who is sitting in the back seat of the vehicle assures Holmes that the gun “doesn’t have a clip”, which momentarily causes Holmes to let go of the weapon. Holmes then asks Damper where she’s from again, becoming more and more nervous, immediately before Damper says, “Say something now, b*tch!” and pulls the trigger. Holmes is shown in the video slumped over as blood pours from his head, while Damper and Coleman run from the vehicle and shut the door.
HPD were soon called to scene, where Holmes was taken to Ben Taub Hospital. He is reportedly in critical condition and on life support.
Damper has been arrested and charged with tampering with evidence, pending an active investigation.
Officers at the scene were told Holmes shot himself.
Shooting Investigation: 5200 Almeda. Male shot himself in head. Transported to Ben Taub.#hounews CC8
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) April 1, 2018
According to reports, Damper and Coleman initially told officers who arrived to the scene that Holmes shot himself in the head while playing with a loaded gun. Damper and Coleman were asked to have their hands bagged to check for gunshot residue, and Damper – who fired the shot, attempted to wipe her hands to remove any residue that may have been left after shooting Holmes. She was subsequently arrested and charged with tampering with evidence, and is being held without bond. Coleman has not been arrested, and is still being investigated for his involvement.
Family and friends of Devyn Holmes are asking those on Facebook or other internet sites to not share the graphic video, and to request the video be removed wherever it is shared. Out of respect for Mr. Holmes’ family, the video or any link to it will not be shared on Forever Ny.
Holmes, who is a father, is currently in critical condition and on life support. It is unsure if he will recover from his injuries.