Guy Beahm, best known as the boisterous PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds streamer Dr. Disrespect, abruptly stopped his Twitch broadcast today following what he says was an attempted shooting at his house.
News of this apparent shooting spread primarily due to Beahm’s live stream, where he can be seen playing Call of Duty only to leave his station following an unknown noise. He breaks character and says, “someone shot at our house. Broke the fucking upstairs window. This is the second shot. Someone shot yesterday at our fucking house.” Before the broadcast ends, Beahm is visibly upset, and yells, “you pussy” at whoever perpetrated the apparent drive-by shooting.
Details are scarce at the moment, authorities in Beahm’s hometown in Southern California confirmed that this is the second report about a shot being fired at the home of someone matching Beahm’s description, and that a deputy was dispatched to investigate.
The stream has since been renamed to say that Beahm is safe and that “proper measures are being taken.” Beahm did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Beahm, one of the personalities who helped popularize battle royale games online, has a long history of being trolled by his viewers. In the past, most interactions have been fairly low-stakes, albeit annoying for the mop-headed character: players will try to find him in-game, only to try to mess with his experience. The tactics range from naming themselves offensive things, to auditory assault, and even emote abuse. Beahm’s responses have varied from amusement to anger, at times even threatening to find harassers in real life.
“They wouldn’t do anything to me in person, I’ll tell you that right now,” Beahm once said in a Fortnite live stream, in response to his trolls. “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.”
More broadly, internet personalities often have to deal with all sorts of harassment, from social media bombardment to having viewers “swat” them by calling in phony reports to the police. Earlier this year, a man by the name of Tyler Barriss was indicted after making a hoax call to 911 that resulted in the death of Andrew Finch at the hands of police who mistakenly believed Finch was dangerous. The motivation behind Beahm’s apparent shooting is currently unknown.