woman posing for the camera (l) reacting to noise outside (center) diving for floor with crying emoji (right)


TikToker’s video interrupted by an active shooter outside her house

She went back for her phone, though.


Siobhan Ball

Internet Culture

Published Mar 2, 2021   Updated Mar 3, 2021, 2:56 pm CST

TikToker and makeup artist Amber Renee (@arenee.mua) was in the middle of filming content for her channel when gunshots outside her house had her diving for cover.


The shooter never appears on camera, as Renee had better priorities than risking her life to try and capture footage. Instead the video shows Renee posing and adjusting her hair in front of the camera before stopping, obviously confused and concerned, at the sound of the first gunshot. It’s when the next shot goes off that she realises what’s happening, and immediately throws herself sideways to the floor.

Your reaction is my reaction "Is that people lighting up fireworks again or is that an actual gunshot"

Despite this display of very good instincts, Renee did then do something slightly unwise, reaching up from her prone position to rescue her phone from off of her filming set up.

I know dang well you didn't sit back up to grab the phone...

People found her reaction to the whole situation deeply relatable.

I don't know if to be scared or laugh. This exactly how I respond to gunshots 1. I know that wasn't a mfn gun 2.THAT WAS A MFN GUN DUCK

And while some couldn’t believe she’d risk going back for her phone, others admitted they’d have done exactly the same. Maybe to call the police, or maybe just because they weren’t going to lose their damn phone like that.

Idc if there's a whole shoot out not even 3 feet away from me, if I drop my phone IM GOING BACK TO IT

Renee responded to one of the comments on her video, saying that while she’s generally used to the sound of gunfire, this time it caught her off guard as she was filming right next to the window.

Girl same! I'm used to it at this point. It just caught me off guard! wasn't expecting that especially not as I'm by the window making a video

The Daily Dot has reached out to Renee and will update this article if she responds.

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*First Published: Mar 2, 2021, 9:11 am CST