'Pranks.' These filmed hoaxes have become a great Youtube classic in recent years, but they've made a new victim. As reported by the American media NBC News, Timothy Wilks, a young man aged 20, was shot dead on Friday, February 5 in the parking lot of a company in Nashville, Tennessee, after a gag that went (very) badly for him.Butchers knives and self-defenceAlong with a friend, the young man had geared up with butchers knives in order to give some believability to his little trick, whose aim was to fake a mugging on random people he met in the street. But things got out of hand when the pretend muggers stumbled upon a group of people not really keen to just accept it: one of them, David Starnes Jr., a young man of 23, drew his gun and shot Timothy Wilks, believing this to be a real assault. Evidently Wilks had done his homework when it came to believability.According to the police, who arrived shortly after the tragedy, the shooter 'did not understand that it was a prank' and 'acted in self-defense,' it was told in a press release. David Starnes Junior has not been charged following this tragic turn of events, and an investigation is still ongoing.Not a firstUnfortunately, this is not the first time that an influencer has paid in blood for wanting to offer ever more sensational content to their subscribers. At the end of 2020, a Mexican woman had filmed a fake kidnapping for a TikTok video. But things went wrong and the young woman died during the filming of this hoax.