A man who arranged a face-to-face meeting to secure the sale of a Playstation 4 console which he advertised online was shot dead on Sunday afternoon (1 December 2013).
The seller, in his early twenties, was shot multiple times by his assailant at the meeting which took place in a residential area of San Francisco, said local police. The man was taken to a nearby hospital, but died in intensive care.
Police said the victim met the suspect online and agreed to sell him the video game console. When they met, the suspect, described only as an adult male, shot the victim, took the device and fled. Investigators were canvassing the neighborhood Sunday and searching for any surveillance footage that could lead to the arrest of the suspect.
The Sony PS4 has been sold out across the US since launch and has been difficult to find. Online sales of the console have appeared all over sites such as eBay and Craigslist, but it appears that the victim here was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, and with the wrong person.
Unfortunately, no serial IDs could be located for the console, so authorities cannot trace the murderer through Sony’s online network. Police say they are doing everything to find the killer.
Are you selling off your console this festive season? Are you agreeing to face-to-face meetings to sell off your device? Keep these tips in mind when doing so and always walk away if your gut feeling doesn’t match up with what’s being offered to you.
- Always meet in a public area like a mall, restaurant, parking lot or well-populated street in the daytime.
- Always have a friend with you to supervise the proceedings.
- Only take cash for the sale.
- Always let someone know where you’re going and what time you’re meeting the buyer.