YouTube Leaves Live Stream of Boulder Shooting Posted

In a statement, YouTube said it would not immediately take the video down, and instead applied an age restriction to the video.

Video Transcript

DEAN SCHILLER: We don't know if there's a shooter-- active shooter somewhere.

TYLER ADKISSON: The livestream is graphic.

DEAN SCHILLER: Could be in the store.

- Yeah, he went in there.

DEAN SCHILLER: He went in the store?

- He went right down there.

DEAN SCHILLER: Oh, my God. Guys, we got people down inside King Soopers.

TYLER ADKISSON: A mass shooting happening in real time.

DEAN SCHILLER: Look, there's--

[GUNSHOTS]

Holy [BLEEP].

TYLER ADKISSON: As television crews arrived, tens of thousands of people turned into a YouTube livestream. Behind a cell phone camera, a self-described journalist named Dean Schiller walking past bodies on the ground, showing the first police officers arrive, then continuing to feed video of the tactical response.

DEAN SCHILLER: Not entering yet. Oh, sorry. I take that back. They're smashing again.

TYLER ADKISSON: Schiller appeared to be dangerously close, as his feed racked up more and more viewers, his livestream available to anyone with the link.

DEAN SCHILLER: A fire truck's lifting the SWAT guys up onto the roof.

TYLER ADKISSON: Schiller refused several police officer demands to move back. He was still feeding live videos as a man, believed to be the shooter, was walked out, his leg bleeding, his clothes gone. And once the livestream ended, that video stayed on YouTube, where it racked up hundreds of thousands more views.

In a statement, YouTube tells Newsy it won't remove the video saying, quote, "While violent content intended to shock or disgust viewers is not allowed on YouTube, 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. Tyler Adkisson, Newsy, Chicago.