ST. LOUIS — Seven shots. A three-second pause. Four more shots.
An audio file obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Tuesday is believed to have captured the shooting of Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
If authenticated, it would be the first recording of the shooting to have surfaced since Brown's death on Aug. 9.
Lawyer Lopa Blumenthal said her client, who lives in the apartment complex near where Brown was killed, captured the shooting while recording a video text message to a friend.
Blumenthal said the man who made the recording did not want to be named. She said he came forward reluctantly and feared for his safety. The FBI interviewed him for about an hour and a half on Monday, she said.
A private autopsy showed Brown was shot six times, but did not reveal the number of times Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson fired his weapon.
The shooting has sparked demonstrations and attracted worldwide media attention.
Blumenthal said sympathizers to both Brown and Wilson have contacted her saying that the three-second pause bolsters their cases. But Blumenthal said she thought the recording was important.
"There was a pause," she said, "and to me a pause means time to think and contemplate."
Blumenthal would not reveal her client's name or the exact location of his residence, but said she was certain the recording is authentic.