By Kyle James   |  09-13-2018   News
Photo credit: DrDisRespectLIVE | Twitch.tv

The former community manager of Sledgehammer Games Guy Beahm, also known as Dr. DisRespect, has been the target of two drive-by shootings in one week. Beahm was promoted to level designer and had a role in creating many of the multiplayer maps for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Beahm quit Sledgehammer Games in 2015 to focus on a career streaming video games full-time. He started gaining a following playing battle royale video games starting with H1Z1 and streaming them to Twitch.tv as the character he created called Dr. DisRespect which is sort of a caricature of a 1980's headbanging radio DJ.

Dr. DisRespect quickly amassed a huge following of over 2.5 million followers on Twitch as he fleshed out his on-stream character which became part of the appeal of his streams. The goofy, hair obsessed, 80's hairband radio host took a hiatus at the end of 2017 after announcing on stream that he had cheated on his wife and would be taking a break from streaming to focus on his family. Beahm appeared on stream out-of-character for the announcement which he made while holding back tears.

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Dr. DisRespect came back to Twitch and resumed his streaming schedule in early 2018 and he once again rose back to the top of the video game streaming world. On September 11, 2018, Dr. DisRespect abruptly ended his stream after someone did a drive-by shooting. Before ending the stream, Beahm announced, "Ladies and gentlemen, I've got to end the broadcast early. Someone shot at our house broke the fucking upstairs window. This is the second shooting, someone shot yesterday at our fu-, someone shot yesterday at our fucking house and someone shot again right now, connected with the house upstairs, right? You're driving by, right? You fucking pussy!"

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It is obvious in the clip that Beahm is very shaken and angry about the shootings since he is a father and his family lives in the home with him. There have not been many details released yet but the police in Beahm's hometown in Southern California confirmed that this is the second report of a shot being fired at the home. They also said a deputy was dispatched to investigate but it is probably so uncommon for a drive-by to take place two days in a row that deputies didn't feel the need to stake out Beahm's residence and wait for the shooter.

Beahm put out an update on Twitch saying that he is safe and that "proper measures are being taken." Dr. DisRespect is well respected in the video game streaming industry both for his role in one of the world's most popular game series Call of Duty and for his unique style and persona that he streams with on Twitch. This is far from the first time the streamer has faced harassment, he has long been trolled by viewers of the stream who harass him in-game or try to get an offensive text to show up on his stream. Beahm has done well in the past with handling the harassment and his responses have ranged from amusement to anger. His fans have also outright condemned the shootings with many of them showing their support on Twitter.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">What happened to dr disrespect is so scary… it&#39;s okay not to like someone but to threaten their life like that..? He has a wife and a kid, cmon..<br><br>ugh 😞</p>&mdash; lily (@LilyPichu) <a href="https://twitter.com/LilyPichu/status/1039622791870308352?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 11, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Why are people so messed up in this world? Why would you shoot up Dr Disrespect house while he streaming? He also got a family there and its just so messed up.. Man USA is so not safe…. WTF</p>&mdash; Echo Fox Justin Wong (@JWonggg) <a href="https://twitter.com/JWonggg/status/1039621015863586816?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 11, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Imagine thinking that Dr Disrespect deserved his home shot up several times because he cheated on his wife and hurt his family<br><br>Ya know, his home where his family lives? Who could’ve been shot?<br><br>Internet is a strange place.</p>&mdash; Plathanos ������ (@SavinTheBees) <a href="https://twitter.com/SavinTheBees/status/1039614217995747328?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 11, 2018</a></blockquote>

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In one of his Fortnite live streams, Beahm said in response to his trolls, "They wouldn’t do anything to me in person, I’ll tell you that right now. Nothing, nothing. That’s the beauty about all of this, ladies and gentlemen… You wouldn’t do anything if I were standing right next to you." Harassment of online video gamers has been a growing topic of debate ever since the dispute between a handful of gamers resulted in the death of an innocent man. The death occurred after a man named Tyler Barriss make a fake 911 call and reported a hostage situation at the residence of another gamer.

When police arrived at the address that Barriss gave them and surrounded the home, one of the home's residents came out of the front door when he heard the commotion outside and he was almost instantaneously shot one time by an officer with a long gun who had set up a position across the stream from the house. Body camera footage from the event shows the man had barely any time to react to the police orders and was confused by all of the dark figures outside his home since police were still staging their entry.

After some investigation, authorities identified the 25-year-old caller who reported the hoax and he was arrested and indicted on federal charges. Before his arrest and just days after the fatal shooting, Barriss appeared on a YouTube show hosted by a man who goes by Keemstar. The show's host interviewed Barriss extensively and he openly admitted to placing the false 911 call but claimed he was paid to do it and did not know the address he was given did not belong to the actual target of the hoax.

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Source: https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/11/17847474/dr-disrespect-shooting-twitch-stream-investigation-trolls

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