Buffalo Mass Shooting LIVE News: NY Gov Kathy Hochul Slams Twitch for Suspect Payton Gendron Live Streaming

New York Governor Kathy Hochul criticized Twitch for a reported live stream of the Buffalo mass shooting on Saturday in which 10 people were killed and 3 wounded.

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

“The fact that this barbaric act, this execution of innocent human beings, can be broadcast live on social media platforms and not removed in a second tells me that there is a responsibility … to ensure that such hatred is not can populate these sites,” Hochul said at a news conference on Saturday.

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

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

“Our hearts go out to the community affected by this tragedy. Twitch has a zero tolerance policy against violence of any kind and works quickly to respond to all incidents.”

“The user has been indefinitely suspended from our service and we are taking all appropriate action, including monitoring any accounts re-broadcasting this content.”

Read our Buffalo Shooting Blog for the latest updates

  • President Biden will visit Buffalo

    Reporter Jonathan Lemire said the president would travel to Buffalo on Tuesday to visit the victims of the shooting.

  • ‘We don’t deserve to be killed’

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

    “I’m still trying to understand what happened and understand the thinking behind why he did it,” Josey said.

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

  • The community pays its respects

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

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

    Monuments bearing flowers, candles, cards and signs reading “Black Lives Matter” and “Nonviolence Begins With Me” lined Jefferson Avenue.

  • Witness tormented by the cry of a child, 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 it.”

  • Witness haunted by the child’s cry

    A witness to the shooting told The Sun that she is haunted by a child’s cry for his mother and the desperate pleas of panicked parents for their children.

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

  • Five victims identified

    The victims whose identities have been publicly revealed are:

    • Ruth Whitfield, 88
    • Robert Drury, 32
    • Aaron Salter Jr., 55 years old
    • Celestine Chaney, 65
    • Young Pearl, 77
  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand weighs in

    The New York senator tweeted about the shooting in Buffalo.

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

    “They told me that they are investigating this act of violence as a hate crime and that they will fully and thoroughly investigate it.”

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

  • Hillary Clinton: Shooting is ‘outrageous’

    Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took to Twitter to address the deadly shooting.

    “The mass shooting in Buffalo is both heartbreaking and outrageous,” he wrote.

    “How long will we tolerate the toxic mix of racism and weapons taking innocent lives?”

  • Governor Kathy Hochul criticizes Congress

    In response to a question that no federal law was passed to curb gun violence after the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012, Governor Kathy Hochul said:

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

    “Regardless of your political philosophy… step up.”

  • Representative Ritchie Torres: ‘I am heartbroken’

    “I am heartbroken by the tragic shooting in Buffalo yesterday that claimed 10 lives,” Ritchie Torres wrote.

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

  • GoFundMe Monitoring for Fundraisers

    GoFundMe spokeswoman Meghan Kee said the platform is monitoring verified fundraisers.

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

    “Those who have lost loved ones and the entire community are in our thoughts during this difficult time.”

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

  • no other suspects

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

  • state financial support

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

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

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

  • Governor Kathy Hochul Speaks

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

    He went on to express concern that the shooter has inspired others to commit similar acts.

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

    “That’s what you have to close right now.”

  • The attorney general speaks

    “I want to thank law enforcement this morning,” New York Attorney General Letitia James began.

    “I held a young woman who worked at Tops in my arms, and was so afraid she was about to die, that she witnessed the bloodshed, that she shuddered and shuddered 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

    Buffalo County Sheriff John Garcia said the suspect is currently on suicide watch because he put a gun to his neck yesterday before he was taken into custody by authorities.

  • ‘An absolute racist hate crime’

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

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

    The FBI is bringing in 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 now

    Buffalo Mayor Brown and Governor Kathy Hochul are now giving a news conference about the shooting.

  • Supermarket statement, continued

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

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

  • supermarket statement

    Tops Friendly Markets shared a statement about 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 identified

    Three victims have so far been named 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’m horrified’

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

  • Erie County Sheriff’s Office Action Statement

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

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

  • Statement from Governor Kathy Hochul

    New York Governor Kathy Hochul said early Saturday:

    “The fact that this barbaric act, this execution of innocent human beings, can be broadcast live on social media platforms and not be removed in a second tells me that there is a responsibility … to ensure that hate cannot populate these sites”.

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