13 people were shot at a Buffalo, NY supermarket on Saturday by Payton Gendron—an 18-year-old white male streaming live to Twitch—with 10 succumbing to their injuries, according to multiple reports.
The assailant pulled up to a Tops Friendly Market, wearing tactical gear and carrying an assault weapon, around 2:30 p.m., shooting 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; just two are white.
When the Amazon-owned gaming platform Twitch caught wind of what as 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 impacted by this tragedy,” a spokesperson said in a statement obtained by CNN. “Twitch has a zero-tolerance policy against violence of any kind and works swiftly to respond to all incidents. The user has been indefinitely suspended from our service, and we are taking all appropriate action, including monitoring for any accounts rebroadcasting this content.”
While victims of the Buffalo shooting have not yet been identified by name, Gendron has now been arraigned on a charge of murder in the first degree.
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