Mass Shooting Apparently Planned On Discord, Streamed On Twitch, Investigated As Hate Crime

Mass Shooting Apparently Planned On Discord, Streamed On Twitch, Investigated As Hate Crime
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Tragedy struck New York on May 14 as an 18-year-old white male shot and killed at least 10 people in Buffalo, New York, police said. The shooter, whose online username is reportedly “jimboboiii”, has been taken into custody after live streaming the whole thing on gaming platform Twitch, the company confirmed on Saturday evening. He also had an 180-page manifesto detailing his racist and anti-Semitic views, which he partially attributes to controversial online forum 4Chan. The document also mentions what appears to be a private Discord chat server, where he allegedly detailed his plans in advance.

The shooting happened at a Tops Friendly Market on Jefferson Street, a dense suburban area in western New York. According to local outlet The Buffalo News, a witness said the store was “filled” and busy. Jimboboiii, who Buffalo police identified as Payton Gendron, pulled up to the supermarket and immediately shot four people in the parking lot, killing all but one who is apparently surviving the injury. Gendron then proceeded into the store, shooting multiple people, including a recently retired Buffalo police officer who was the store’s security guard.

According to the Associated Press, Gendron comes from Conklin, a town about 322 km southeast of Buffalo. Joseph Gramaglia, the just-nominated Buffalo city police commissioner, said in a press conference Gendron was decked out in heavy armour, He had on “tactical gear, a tactical helmet, and a camera that he was live streaming what he was doing.” While many are sharing a Twitch account connected to the shooter’s known username, the Amazon-owned company has terminated the Twitch channel known as “jimboboiii,”

Video of the incident has been pulled offline, though there are screenshots and short clips of the event still floating around. And while Jimboiboii’s Twitch channel has pulledthere is a supposed YouTube channel connected to him that hasn’t been updated in at least three years.

The long manifesto, which dives deep into the shooter’s supposed mindset and aims, cites 4Chan as the source of his radicalisation, noting “There I learned through infographics, shitposts, and memes that the White race is dying out, that blacks are disproportionately killing Whites, that the average black takes $US700,000 ($971,740) from tax-payers in their lifetime, and that the Jews and the elite were behind this.” The manifesto also included not only step by step instructions on what he intended to do, but diagrams as well, all of which are currently being spread on social media. Screenshots of Discord shared on social media, while not confirmed to be legitimate, also purport to show someone with the same username going into deep specifics regarding what he was planning to do, apparently ahead of the shooting.

A Twitch spokesperson told Kotaku over email that it’s saddened by the news and notes that it has a strict policies” against violence.

“We are devastated to hear about the shooting that took place this afternoon in Buffalo, New York. Our hearts go out to the community impacted by this tragedy,” a spokesperson said. “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.”

Kotaku has reached out to 4Chan and Discord for comment.

Police have called the shooting a racially-motivated hate crime, with a CBS News correspondent reporting that the Buffalo city FBI branch, the police department, and the U.S. Department of Justice are investigating it as such.

Comments

  • What a sperg lol. This is why Canacuck citizens should be globally barred from travelling to anywhere. Same goes for Ausfailians – the Ausfailian colonisation of Bali is a warning for the rest of the world.

    Though questionable that this happens right after that NYC Mayor started fearmongering, glowie involvement is unlikely. Besides being a Tarrant copycat, he can’t even get the logic of racial replacement in his “manifesto” to show a lick of coherent thought, much like the original.

    There’ll never be a far-right Kaczynski because none of them know how to write in any sort of compelling manner, setting aside the unsavoury ideology behind it.

    His goal was to further erode Americans’ gun rights, and he’s likely going to succeed unfortunately. It’s always the accelerationists who work to the detriment of everyone else, nobody’s going to pick up his cause of ‘[literally] fighting for gun rights.’ The modern American right will allow itself to be browbeat into submission lest they be tarred with the same brush as this guy.

  • Just another day in broken second world USA, the only country to ever regress backwards from first world to second.

  • Incidents like this make me thankful i live in a country where i can feel safe. Unlike NA our schools don’t require school shooter drills.

  • “Police have called the shooting a racially-motivated hate crime”
    Heck, call it what it was: An act of terrorism. It was highly premeditated, the bastard travelled over 300kms to get to the planned destination, and he livestreamed his horrendousness. To simply label this as a “hate crime” and “mass shooting” does a disservice to just how egregeous this was. Do not mince words when calling out this evil.

    • They don’t want to call it terrorism otherwise it will become apparent there is more domestic terrorism than foreign in the US.

      Raises questions about spending and focus. Rather than look over there, that external group is trying to damage us, approve this spending, destroy them.

      Resolving a domestic terrorism problem is also a lot more politically challenging.

    • Do we know the ethnicities of the actual victims of the shootings? If any of them are white, particularly in the first group killed, or if he deliberately didn’t shoot any white folks then that throws it out as being racially motivated.

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