- A gunman opened fire at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday, killing at least 10 people.
- The suspect livestreamed the attack on Twitch, the platform confirmed.
- Authorities said the attack was racially motivated and that 11 of the 13 people shot were black.
The gunman in a mass shooting that killed 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday livestreamed the attack to
“We are devastated to hear about the shooting that took place this afternoon in Buffalo, New York. Our hearts go out to the community affected by this tragedy. Twitch has a zero tolerance policy against violence of any kind and works quickly to respond to all the incidents. The user has been indefinitely suspended from our service, and we are taking all appropriate action, including monitoring any accounts re-broadcasting this content,” Twitch said in a statement provided to Insider.
A spokesman said their investigation found the live stream was removed two minutes after the violence began. They added that the company was monitoring the platform for accounts that might try to share the content.
Authorities said an 18-year-old white gunman opened fire at a Tops grocery store Saturday afternoon in a racially motivated attack. Of the 13 people shot, 11 were black and two were white, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said, adding that the shooter was wearing tactical gear.
Authorities also said the gunman livestreamed the attack using a camera that was attached to the tactical helmet he was wearing.
Authorities have not released the suspect’s name, but said he would be charged with first-degree murder and arraigned on Saturday night.
The incident was not the first time Amazon-owned Twitch had been used to live stream a mass shooting. In 2019, thousands of people watched a Twitch live stream of a synagogue shooting in Germany before it was taken down.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul held a press conference on Saturday night and condemned the social media platforms used by the gunman. Although she did not specifically name Twitch, she suggested that all the platforms that allowed the suspect to spread his message of racial hatred were complicit in his crime.
“In a sense, they may be complicit in a crime like this. Maybe not legally, but morally. They created the platform to allow this hate to be spewed out,” Hochul said. “The act of living –
East. The fact that this could even be hosted on a platform. It’s absolutely shocking.”