Thirteen people were shot in a supermarket in Buffalo, NY on Saturday by Payton Gendron – an 18-year-old white man who streamed live to Twitch – and 10 succumbed to their injuries, according to several reports.
The assailant pulled up to a Tops Friendly Market, wearing tactical equipment and with an assault weapon, around 2.30pm and shot a security guard and three other employees as he entered the store. The FBI noted that he drove from hours away to commit the mass shooting, adding that the incident is being investigated as a hate crime. 11 victims of the shooting are black; only two are white.
When the Amazon-owned gaming platform Twitch got word of what was happening, the gunman’s channel was shut down. “We are devastated to hear about the shooting that took place this afternoon in Buffalo. Our hearts go out to the community affected by this tragedy,” a spokesman for CNN said in a statement. “Twitch has a zero-tolerance policy against violence of any kind and works quickly to respond to all incidents. The user has been suspended from our service indefinitely and we take all necessary measures, including monitoring accounts that re-broadcast this content. “
While the victims of the Buffalo shooting have not yet been identified by name, Gendron has now been charged with first-degree murder.