Video shows shooting in Ecuador, not Pakistan
A video has been viewed thousands of times in social media posts that claim it shows gunmen attacking a family in Pakistan's megacity Karachi. However, the video has been shared in a false context; it shows a shooting in Ecuador in May 2022.
Warning: distressing footage
"Blind firing on a family at Redapple and Baloch Icecream in Gulistan-e-Johar. The father lost his life. No one is safe in Karachi," reads an Urdu-language tweet posted on September 10, 2022.
The 20-second video, which has garnered more than 6,500 views, shows two men wearing black baseball caps approach a car and open fire. A woman and child inside the vehicle huddle together during the shooting, before the attackers flee.
The posts circulated as Sindh police chief Ghulam Nabi Memon called an emergency meeting over a rise in street crime in Karachi, the most populous Pakistani city.
However, the video has been shared in false context.
The 28-second clip shows the attack from a wider angle.
The Spanish-language tweet reads: "A business owner was shot inside his car while he was with his family in Santa Elena."
Below is a screenshot comparison of the video in the misleading post (left) and the genuine video in Metro Ecuador's tweet (right).
El Universo, another newspaper in Ecuador, published a screenshot of the footage in a report which said the attack happened on May 12, 2022, in the 25 de Septiembre neighbourhood of La Libertad, a town in Santa Elena province.
"Terror gripped the inhabitants of the 25 de Septiembre neighbourhood in the town of La Libertad on Thursday afternoon," the Spanish-language report reads.
"A man in a grey vehicle parked outside a restaurant with his wife and daughter was shot by suspected hit men."
El Universo newspaper later reported that the man succumbed to his injuries.
A representative for the public prosecutor's office in Ecuador told AFP that the attack in the video happened at the 25 de Septiembre market in La Libertad.
Karachi police also tweeted a statement denying the "fake videos" were filmed in the Pakistani city.