Buffalo, NY convenience store shooting: Alleged gunman Payton Gendron was live-streaming Twitch during the attack, authorities say

BUFFALO, New York — Accused New York supermarket gunman Payton Gendron, 18, of Conklin, New York, wore a hospital gown and was charged with first-degree murder in court Saturday night and jailed without bail.

Police officials said Gendron, who is white, was wearing body armor and military-style clothing when he stopped at a Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo and opened fire on people. The shooting was streamed via a camera attached to his helmet.

In a press conference, Governor Hochul slammed “social media platforms” for showing hate and not immediately shutting down Gendron’s live stream.

Although she didn’t name a single website, an administration official confirmed that she was referring to Twitch, an Amazon live streaming site popular with gamers.

“The social media platforms that benefit from their existence must be responsible for surveillance and surveillance, knowing that in a sense they can be an accomplice to such a crime. Maybe not legally, but morally. They created the platform for this hatred to be spewed out,” Hochul said.

Hochul also said that there is “a feeding frenzy on social media platforms where hate breeds more hate”.

“That has to stop. These media need to be more vigilant in monitoring social media content. And certainly the fact that this act of barbarism, this execution of innocent people, could be livestreamed on social media platforms and not shut down in a second tells me there is a responsibility out there,” the governor added.

Twitch claims it took Gendron’s channel offline within two minutes of the shooting and issued a statement saying:

“We are devastated to learn of the shooting that took place in Buffalo, New York this afternoon. Our hearts go out to the community affected by the tragedy. Twitch has a zero tolerance policy for violence of any kind and works quickly to respond to any incidents. The user has been banned from our service indefinitely and we are taking all reasonable action, including monitoring any accounts re-broadcasting this content.”

A 2019 shooting at a Jewish synagogue in Halle, Germany was also streamed live on Twitch.

Law enforcement is also looking at messaging platform Discord, where the shooter may have created a list of instructions for himself. Discord was used by white supremacists to plan the 2017 rally in Charlottsville, Virginia.

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