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A 20-year-old man has been shot dead while playing Pokémon Go at a tourist spot on San Francisco’s waterfront, authorities have said.
Calvin Riley was shot on Saturday night by an unknown assailant at Aquatic Park near Ghirardelli Square, the US Park police said.
A family friend, John Kirby, told local station KGO-TV that Riley and a friend were playing Pokémon Go when Riley was shot.
“From what we know there was no confrontation. There was nothing said back and forth. It was just senseless, just came up and shot in the back and ran away for nothing,” he said.
It’s unclear whether the attack had anything to do with Pokémon Go, which has become a national sensation this summer as legions of fans visit real-world landmarks in order to find and trap cartoon creatures.
But the game’s popularity has created unintended consequences in everyday life. Property owners complain of players trespassing or damaging their grounds and scores of players have been injured or robbed as they stare at their phones in search of digital monsters.
Pokémon Go was only released in Taiwan on Saturday – but hundreds of eager players have already been fined for playing the game on their phones while driving.
According to the National Police Agency, 349 fines have been doled out since Saturday. Most of those fines went to people playing the game on motorcycles.
originally posted by: cuckooold
a reply to: Kandinsky
Hey Kandinsky, not sure about those propagating the violence, perhaps random psychos, but those playing the game seem to present an easy target, with too much on their focus on their phone, and not enough on the potentially dangerous world around them.
Like this famous video illustrates, it's easy to miss the obvious.
originally posted by: SaturnFX
seems like gang initiation. gotta kill someone to join kind of thing.
originally posted by: TheKnightofDoom
I agree they are demons I'm gonna kill one later.
They are leading people to their doom! they must be stopped!.
originally posted by: iTruthSeeker
I think the game is dumb, my gf tinkers with it (never played) but it is Yet "another" thing that the "thugs" have to ruin.....We know who is doing it.
Property owners complain of players trespassing or damaging their grounds and scores of players have been injured or robbed as they stare at their phones in search of digital monsters.
originally posted by: Kandinsky
Further afield, is it Pokémon Go that causes trespassing or is it a minority of players who aren't respecting people's property? Some of those will be oblivious to property laws at the best of times lol.
originally posted by: WeRpeons
a reply to: cuckooold
Smart phones and social media have caused society to have less face-to-face communication causing people to be more caustic and extreme than they might be in real life. Now some genius invented a game to further isolate us from reality and make us totally unaware of our surroundings. This technology has caused distracted drivers to lose their lives. Now games are becoming dangerous to play. It seems like were heading down a path where technology has removed us from our surrounding reality, and in some cases has endangered and caused us to lose our lives.