"We want him alive," one man can be heard saying.
Another clip, obviously shot later, shows a man who appears to be the now dead deposed leader lying in the street, stripped half-naked and splattered with blood. Bystanders chanting, "God is great!" can be seen kicking him.
In yet another video, Gadhafi's battered face, his eyes partially closed in death, is held up to the camera for a close-up before the camera operator pans away to show about a dozen revolutionary fighters shouting and flashing victory signs as they jostled for positions in the picture.
The short videos instantly became iconic images for the Arab Spring protests: a despotic Middle Eastern ruler forced out of power and killed by his people in a popular uprising that turned into an armed rebellion. The image of Gadhafi's bloody face is sure to send chills among other embattled Middle Eastern leaders such as Syria's Bashar Assad and Yemen's Ali Abdullah Saleh.
"This is the end of the war and the emancipation proclamation of Libya," said Fatima Ben Massoud, 30, a schoolteacher in Tripoli.
There was no definitive version of Gadhafi's last day, however. Instead, bits and pieces emerged from eyewitness accounts and video footage that gave a sense of what took place, but with many questions still to be answered.
A doctor who was part of the medical team that accompanied Gadhafi's body in an ambulance and examined it told the Associated Press that Gadhafi had died from two bullet wounds, to the head and chest.
Al Arabiya reported that the fatal shots were fired by an 18-year-old revolutionary fighter named Ahmed Shebani, who was photographed holding a golden handgun while being hoisted onto the shoulders of his cheering comrades. There was no official confirmation of this account, but the British Broadcasting Corp. later offered substantially the same story, adding that the handgun had been taken from Gadhafi himself, then turned on the former dictator.
The French defense minister said a French aircraft had struck a convoy, and a NATO spokesman confirmed that its forces had struck armed military vehicles that were part of a larger contingent in the vicinity of Sirte. But the NATO spokesman couldn't verify whether Gadhafi or other senior regime figures were among the convoy's casualties. A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. John Kirby, confirmed that a NATO aircraft had struck near Sirte, but declined to give its nationality.
A McClatchy special correspondent in Sirte said that predawn explosions — likely by NATO aircraft — rocked the city around 3 a.m., followed by an advance later that morning into the city by revolutionary forces, which captured the city without a fight.
About 1 p.m., reports began circulating that a 40-car convoy outside the city had been bombed by NATO warplanes around noon.
According to a video shot at the scene by a Libyan journalist, a revolutionary brigade commander named Ziyad said that after the convoy was bombed, his fighters found Gadhafi in a drainage pipe below the roadside. Pro-Gadhafi gunmen fired on the brigade but were killed, and when the revolutionary fighters found Gadhafi, the fugitive ex-leader asked, twice, "What do you want from me?"
Ziyad, commander of a Misrata-based contingent called the Tajine brigade, said that Gadhafi had been shot and was bleeding but alive when vehicles carried him away from the scene. Ziyad said he didn't know the circumstances of Gadhafi's death.