A Colorado teen says the Randonautica app took her and a friend to a shooting scene where a gunshot victim was lying in a gutter.
The teen, who goes by Mykena Rae on TikTok, recorded the aftermath of her Randonautica adventure and posted it to the platform. In her TikTok, Rae, who is in hysterics, recalls that when asked what their “intention” was when selecting what kind of adventure experience they wanted, they chose “Death.”
“We were on our way to the spot, and I look out my window, and there’s someone lying in the gutter with their wife literally like on them, holding them,” she says. “So I parked and got out, and he got shot, and then she gave me the phone, and I had to call the cops.”
Rae says her friend, “Darius,” wrapped his jacket around the victim’s wound, and then they were questioned when the police showed up.
She issued a warning to viewers in text on the video and in the video’s caption: “Please do not go randonauting.”
Viewers shamed Rae in the comments for allegedly manifesting “Death.” “Sis started out saying ‘mY iNtEntion wAs dEatH’ and then cries about being traumatized… did you not ask for it????” one questioned.
In a six-part follow-up series, Rae addresses choosing “death” and elaborates on her Randonautica experience.
In parts one and two, she says that “every single ‘intention’ that I’ve set hasn’t really worked out,” so she didn’t think choosing “death” would manifest anything sinister. However, she apologizes for choosing it because it is not “something to play with.”
“How does it know these things?” she says, questioning the app itself. “it confuses me on how the app runs and works.”
In part three, she says the app took them to an area where shootings are common, and the man had been shot “by some random guy.” When she reveals the area this happened in, Colfax, commenters began saying she was bound to find “death.” “Girl u were in the hood its nun to do wit the app lmao. this happens nearby 24/77777,” one wrote.
In part six, Rae says she’s probably never going to go randonauting again.
As for proof, Rae includes a tweet by the Aurora Police Department alerting the public it was responding to a “shots fired” incident in the area in question. She also reveals she took a photo but will not be posting it.
The Daily Dot has reached out to Mykena Rae.
A Denver Post report on six shootings—four fatal, two nonfatal—in the area within a two-day period includes the same APD tweet that Rae included. The Post reports the victim is 23 years old and is in the hospital and expected to survive.
In the teens’ most recent update on the matter, Rae gives Darius her platform to talk about what happened from his perspective.
“It was a good thing we came across it because we were able to help somebody out,” Darius says before defending them against people accusing the teens of causing the shooting. “I feel like it would have happened either way.”
Still, both the teens state they would not recommend picking “Death” as an intention.
“That was not a good idea for sure,” Darius says. “It’s not good to have negative energy. You get what you look for.”
*First Published: Jun 28, 2020, 1:00 pm
Eilish O’Sullivan is the news wire editor for the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in the Austin Chronicle and the Daily Texan.