New York Governor Kathy Hochul slams Twitch over suspect’s live stream

New York Gov Kathy Hochul slammed Twitch over a reported live stream of the Buffalo mass shooting on Saturday in which 10 were killed and 3 injured.

Suspect Payton Gendron, 18, reportedly streamed on the platform as he opened fire at Tops Friendly Market.

“The fact that this act of barbarism, this execution of innocent human beings could be live-streamed on social media platforms and not taken down within a second says to me that there is a responsibility out there … to ensure that such hate cannot populate these sites,” Hochul said in a press conference on Saturday.

According to Twitch, the company took down the Livestream less than two minutes after the shooting started.

“We are devastated to hear about the shooting that took place this afternoon in Buffalo, New York,” Twitch said to The Hollywood Reporter in a statement.

“Our hearts go out to the community impacted by this tragedy. 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.”

Read our Buffalo shooting blog for the latest updates

  • ‘We don’t deserve to be killed’

    Witness Debrah Josey told The Sun she is still trying to comprehend the senseless violence.

    “I’m still trying to get my head around what happened and understand the thought behind why he did it,” Josey said.

    “Black people are just trying to exist like everyone else. We don’t deserve to be killed.”

  • Community pays their respects

    More than a dozen residents who spoke to The Sun described the area as a tight-knit, welcoming community.

    They paid their respects Sunday morning as they cried on each other’s shoulders outside the cordoned-off grocery store.

    Memorials with flowers, candles, cards, and signs saying “Black Lives Matter” and “Nonviolence begins with me” lined Jefferson Avenue.

  • Witness haunted by child’s scream, continued

    “It’s a nightmare that I can’t put behind me,” Debrah Josey told The Sun.

    “I’ve been here 35 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this.”

  • Witness haunted by child’s scream

    A witness of the shooting told The Sun that she is haunted by a child’s scream for her mom and panicked parents’ desperate pleas for their children.

    “I keep hearing a little girl crying, ‘That’s my mom.’ Parents were yelling, ‘Where are my kids?’ And you couldn’t help,” Debrah Josey told The Sun.

  • Five victims ID’d

    The victims whose identities have been publicly released are:

    • Ruth Whitfield, 88
    • Roberta Drury, 32
    • Aaron Salter Jr., 55
    • Celestine Chaney, 65
    • Pearl Young, 77
  • Sen Kirsten Gillibrand weighs in

    The New York Senator issued a tweet about the shooting in Buffalo.

    “Today I spoke with the FBI about the tragic shooting in Buffalo,” she wrote.

    “They told me that they’re investigating this act of violence as a hate crime and will investigate this fully and comprehensively.”

    “We must take action to prevent domestic terrorism fueled by white supremacy.”

  • Hillary Clinton: shooting is ‘outraging’

    The former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has taken to Twitter to address the deadly shooting.

    “The mass shooting in Buffalo is both heartbreaking and outraging,” she wrote.

    “How long will we tolerate innocent lives being ended by the toxic mix of racism and guns?”

  • Gov Kathy Hochul blasts Congress

    In response to a question about no federal law being passed to curb gun violence after the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, Gov Kathy Hochul said:

    “Shame on this country, shame on Congress at that time for not passing something as simple as a background check,” she said.

    “Regardless of your political philosophy…step up.”

  • Rep Ritchie Torres: ‘I’m heartbroken’

    “I’m heartbroken by the tragic shooting in Buffalo yesterday that took 10 lives,” wrote Ritchie Torres.

    “We must call this attack out for what it was: domestic terrorism. White supremacy has fueled so much violence in this country & Black Americans are paying the price, this time in a grocery store.”

  • GoFundMe monitoring for fundraisers

    GoFundMe spokesperson Meghan Kee said that the platform is monitoring for verified fundraisers.

    “Our hearts go out to everyone impacted by the tragic mass shooting in Buffalo,” she wrote.

    “Those who’ve lost loved ones and the entire community is in our thoughts during this difficult time.”

    “Our Trust & Safety team is currently monitoring our platform for all verified fundraisers related to this tragedy,” she wrote.

  • No other suspects

    Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia confirmed that no other suspects are being investigated at this time, and that officials believe the suspect acted alone.

  • State funding support

    The governor announced that $2million will go directly to the families of those affected by the shooting.

    “I want to thank the community for stepping up,” said Gov Kathy Hochul.

    “An attack on one is an attack on all.”

  • Gov Kathy Hochul speaks

    The governor started her speech by thanking law enforcement for their work on the case.

    She then went on to express her concern that the shooter may have inspired others to commit similar acts.

    “We don’t know if there are more people who are now going to be inspired,” said the governor.

    “That’s what has to shut down right now.”

  • Attorney General speaks

    “I want to thank law enforcement this morning,” started NY Attorney General Letitia James.

    “I held in my arms a young lady who worked at Tops, and was so afraid she was about to die, who witnessed the bloodshed, who shook and quivered in my arms this morning.”

    “This event will not define Buffalo.”

  • Federal hate crime

    The FBI has confirmed during the press conference that the crime is being investigated as a federal hate crime.

  • Suspect on suicide watch

    The Buffalo County Sheriff John Garcia said that the suspect is currently on suicide watch, due to him putting a gun to his neck yesterday before being apprehended by authorities.

  • ‘An absolute racist hate crime’

    “This is going to be a very lengthy investigation,” said Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia.

    Warrants will continue to be obtained, and the crime scene is still being held, according to the commissioner.

    The FBI is bringing equipment to help process the scene.

    “This is an absolute racist hate crime, it will be prosecuted as a hate crime,” he said.

  • Press conference happening now

    Buffalo Mayor Brown and Gov Kathy Hochul are now holding a press conference about the shooting.

  • Supermarket’s statement, continued

    “Our top priority remains the health and well-being of our associates and customers.

    “We appreciate the quick response of local law enforcement and are providing all available resources to assist authorities in the ongoing investigation.”

  • Supermarket’s statement

    Tops Friendly Markets shared a statement on Twitter as the deadly event unfolded:

    “We are shocked and deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”

  • Three victims ID’d

    Three victims have been named thus far in the investigation: Aaron Salter, the store’s security guard; Ruth Whitfield, the mother of former Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield; and Pearl Young, 77.

  • Ohio Rep: ‘I am horrified’

    Rep Shontel Brown shared a statement on Twitter about the recent shooting in Buffalo, New York.

  • Erie County Sheriff’s Office shares statement

    The Erie County Sheriff’s Office tweeted a statement extending condolences to families and friends of the victims:

    “The Erie County Sheriff’s Office wishes to pass along its condolences to the family and friends of [today’s] shooting. Sheriff Garcia has ordered all available resources and personnel to assist the @BPDAlerts”

  • Gov. Kathy Hochul’s statement

    New York Governor Kathy Hochul said earlier Saturday:

    “The fact that this act of barbarism, this execution of innocent human beings could be live-streamed on social media platforms and not taken down within a second says to me that there is a responsibility out there … to ensure that such hate cannot populate these sites.”

  • Officials wait to execute search warrant

    Law enforcement officers have gathered at 14 Amber Hill Drive in Conklin, N.Y., the reported home of suspect Payton Gendron.

    Gendron was arraigned and charged with first-degree murder in the Tops supermarket mass shooting on Saturday.

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