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Streamer suspended from Twitch after accidentally firing a gun on stream

(Image credit: Carl Riemer)

Call of Duty streamer Carl Riemer has landed in trouble after accidentally discharging a handgun during a livestream last night. Nobody was hurt in the incident, but Riemer's Twitch account was suspended and he's been removed from the roster of esports org Soar Gaming.

Riemer's troubles began when he picked up a gun and challenged an unknown individual to "say I ain't got money," while simultaneously racking the slide twice. And then, apparently believing the gun to be unloaded, he pulls the trigger and murders the hell out of a can of G-Fuel.

Twitter user @cam834 captured the moment for posterity:

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In an apology video posted to YouTube, Riemer said that he was "clearly intoxicated" during the stream, but acknowledged that regardless of his state of mind, guns are not toys and should not be treated as such. He also said that Soar acted appropriately by releasing him, and seemed to appreciate how lucky he was that no real harm was done: "It was a stupid mistake, but it's a mistake that could have cost somebody their life," he says in the video.

Later on in the video, Riemer also shares a little bit of introspective internal monologue. "You can entertain people without fucking doing something so stupid, Carl. You know. I could've just held a finger gun, dude. Why the fuck do I need to pull out a Glock on stream? It's okay to have a gun on stream, but it's not okay to discharge it, you know? This shit ain't—it's funny, but it's not. It was content, but it's not okay."

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He's sure right about that. Riemer said he doesn't know when, or even if, he'll be allowed back on Twitch.

Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.