US man shot dead while playing Pokemon Go

Calvin Riley, 20, was killed while playing Pokemon Go on Saturday. PHOTO: TWITTER

Calvin Riley, 20, was killed while playing Pokemon Go on Saturday. PHOTO: TWITTER

A 20-year-old man was shot dead while playing Pokemon Go at a San Francisco park Saturday night, according to authorities.

Calvin Riley and his friend were playing the game when Riley was shot, Associated Press reported.

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According to family and friends, “Riley was randomly targeted, and there was no confrontation before the attack.” Familiy friend John Kirby said, “It was just senseless, [the shooter] just came up and shot him in the back and ran away.”

“There doesn’t appear to be any outstanding motive right now,” a detective with the US Park Police stated. “But there’s a strong chance someone may have witnessed the incident.”

According to Kirby, Riley and his friend saw someone watching them from the top of a hill, but they were playing the game, “and didn’t really care.” A little while later Riley’s friend heard a gunshot. “He saw his friend fall, and whoever did it ran away and possibly got into a car,” Kirby added.

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A GoFundMe account set up on behalf of Riley’s family has already raised over $35,000 to pay for funeral expenses.

The popular game has been linked to other bizarre crimes. Last month, for example, a man in Florida opened fire on two teenagers who were playing outside his house after mistaking them for burglars.

Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game that accesses a smartphone’s GPS and camera to allow players to explore their surroundings in search of more than 100 Pokemon creatures.

Features within the game include “Pokestops” — where users collect items they can use — and gyms, which are larger landmarks that users battle to control.

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The game has been credited with getting people off of their couches, but also has resulted in many unintended consequences, like muggings and car crashes.

This article originally appeared on Huffington Post.

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