Someone live broadcast the attack. YouTube is not taking it.

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Like the massive shootings that left ten people dead still taking place Monday afternoon in Boulder, Colorado, the incident was being streamed live on YouTube to an audience of 30,000 people.

Live broadcaster Dean Schiller had left the King Soopers supermarket on Table Mesa Drive just before filming began. When he heard the first shots, he turned on the phone and began recording.

More than three hours later, Schiller, who describes himself as a citizen journalist and operates the YouTube channel ZFG Videographer, finally stopped recording. He had documented a large massive shot in real time for viewers who had little information. He was also criticized for filming dead victims, arguing with officers who tried to evacuate the scene, speculating on the suspect’s identity and motives, and revealing real-time police tactics.

As of Tuesday morning, the video has been viewed more than 560,000 times on YouTube. Despite showing dead victims, YouTube says it has no plans to remove the video, although it has applied a warning tag.

“After today’s tragic shooting, our teams detected the viewer’s video of the incident,” YouTube spokeswoman Elena Hernandez said in a statement to VICE News. “While YouTube does not allow violent content to shock or displease viewers, we do allow videos with enough news or documentary context. We applied an age restriction to the content and will continue to monitor the situation.

During the live broadcast, YouTube users guessed the gunman’s identity and wrote conspiracy theories about the shooting.

“The comment section was wild with speculation about possible suspects, as well as anti-Semitic and conspiracy theories, including that the attack was a false flag,” Jordan Wildon, a researcher who tracks extremist extremists, told VICE News right. “These were fed with what was shown on the net.”

Schiller was also criticized for revealing police tactics that the shooter could have seen from inside the store while playing in real time. The police asked the media specifically for not disclosing tactical information, the Denver Gazette reported.

Researchers and journalists also called for Schiller’s decision to show graphic images of corpses and spread his own unfounded theories about what was happening.

Amarnath Amarasingam, an extremist researcher, noted that the spread of these rumors was irresponsible. “[It] create panic and you don’t know shit, ”Amarasingam said on Twitter.

Schiller began the live broadcast just moments after the mass shootings began on Monday afternoon around 2:45 p.m.

“Hey guys, I don’t know what’s going on,” Schiller says. “I’m at King Soopers in South Boulder and I heard gunshots. They were very close. Someone is right here. ”

The video shows Schiller returning to the store entrance with the panoramic camera in the parking lot and showing several bodies lying motionless on the floor. He tells other locals to call 911 and keeps filming.

Another witness tells him that the shooter is still in the store and when Schiller moves inside, he sees another body lying on the ground. At this point Schiller leaves the store and goes to the parking lot, telling other people to hide due to an active shooter situation.

Schiller captures the moments when the first police officers arrive, showing two officers not carrying tactical equipment entering the store. Moments later you can hear more gunfire coming from the store.

Schiller’s broadcast quickly went viral and at one point reached 30,000 consecutive viewers.

Schiller captured the moment police took a man out of the store in handcuffs. The man was only wearing underwear and one leg was covered in what looked like blood.

On several occasions, police officers asked Schiller to leave the parking lot, but he refused, saying he was a journalist and was doing his job.

“I’m a journalist. Don’t call me. I’m looking at you. I’ll do what I want.” At a later time, he told officers to “fuck each other.”

When someone in the live chat questioned his credentials, Schiller asked, “Who says I’m not a journalist? Is there a school for journalists? “

After being removed from the scene by police, Schiller offered several interviews to the media – which he also broadcast live – and then drove to another alleged shooting scene in Boulder that police had cordoned off.

Schiller ended the live broadcast after more than 3 hours telling someone not to finish the camera on camera, but not before telling those who were still watching to like their videos and subscribe to their channel.

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