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At least 10 people have been murdered and three have been injured in Buffalo, N.Y. after an 18-year-old white guy entered a supermarket and opened fire while live streaming on Twitch Saturday afternoon.
Officials think that the gunman streamed his actions through a camera affixed to a tactical helmet. Reports claim that the video depicts the shooter pulling up to the grocery store and pointing his assault rifle at individuals in the parking lot and firing fire. The gunman then moved into the store to shoot others.
Twitch, the immensely popular live-streaming network owned by Amazon, has subsequently pulled the gunman’s channel offline, alleging a violation of Twitch’s “community norms and terms of service.” A representative verified that the business pulled the feed less than two minutes after the violence started.
“We are sorry to learn of the shooting that took place this afternoon in Buffalo,” a Twitch spokesman said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to the community devastated by this tragedy. Twitch has a zero-tolerance policy against the violence of any kind and strives rapidly to respond to all situations. The user has been indefinitely suspended from our service, and we are taking all appropriate steps, including monitoring for any accounts rebroadcasting this content.”
Authorities have termed the attack at the Tops Friendly Market a “hate crime and racially motivated violent extremism.” The mass shooting occurred in a predominately Black neighbourhood of Buffalo. 11 of the victims are Black and two are Caucasian.
Officials said that the suspect, an 18-year-old white guy, was holding an assault weapon. Byron Brown, mayor of Buffalo, has said that the shooter is presently in custody.
“The shooter was not from our community,” Brown claimed. “In fact, the shooter went hours from outside this city to perpetrate this crime on the people of Buffalo.”
Tops Friendly Markets published a statement regarding the incident: “We are horrified and extremely saddened by this senseless act of violence and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”