- Motherboard reported that police in Fayetteville, Arkansas are investigating a shooting that occurred at the home of YouTuber Boogie2988.
- Both Boogie and banned YouTuber Frank Hassle made social media posts that demonstrated their involvement in the incident.
- In a YouTube video posted on Monday, Boogie said that he fired a "warning shot" after Hassle showed up at his house despite Boogie having made it "abundantly clear" that he was not welcome.
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A shooting that occurred at YouTuber Boogie2988's home is under investigation by Fayetteville, Arkansas police, Motherboard reported. In a video following the incident, Boogie, whose real name is Steven Williams, said that he had fired a "warning shot" at Frank Hassle, providing limited video of the incident that appears to show Hassle threatening him at his home.
Boogie is a YouTuber whose channel Boogie2988 launched in 2006 (his Twitter bio reads "OG YouTuber"). His content typically focuses on gaming and technology and occasionally dips into topics like weight loss. His main channel has nearly 4.3 million subscribers, and his satellite channels have also amassed thousands of subscribers.
Hassle is a former YouTuber who, per Motherboard, was banned from YouTube earlier this summer and whose content typically focused on harassing people in public. A link to a BitChute channel posted on his Twitter profile currently leads to an error page. Hassle currently has approximately 23,700 followers on Twitter.
A spokesperson for the Fayatteville police did not provide more information to Motherboard, saying that there was currently an "active investigation" into an incident at an address that matches photos that Boogie and Hassle posted of the incident. The spokesperson told Motherboard that officers "did respond to a shooting" at the address at 3:22 p.m. local time.
Boogie posted a video regarding the incident on Monday titled, "Confronting a Stalker - Do Not Come To A YouTuber's House." In it, he said that he had to be careful about what he said because "this is now a criminal investigation," and that he was trending on Twitter because a stalker came to his home.
"Long story short, several months ago, this guy decided that it was his decision to start stalking me and harassing me, threatening me mentally, physically, threatening to come to my home, threatening to harm me when he did," Boogie said in the video. "Unfortunately, on Saturday this gentleman decided to drive over a few states to show up in northwest Arkansas and started taking photos in the area to prove that he was here and calling me names on Twitter and tagging me in it."
Hassle, per Motherboard, has been harassing and threatening Boogie for weeks on social media. Dextero reported that Hassle was involved in the now-banned r/SamandTolki subreddit, which was critical of Boogie, and that Hassle had blamed Boogie for his channel being banned.
On September 27, Hassle tweeted a photo with the caption, "i'm in Fayatteville p---y," directly tagging Boogie in the tweet. That day, Boogie tweeted a SimpliSafe surveillance video that appeared to show someone ringing his doorbell, saying in a later tweet that it was "possible" that the person wasn't affiliated with Hassle. Boogie has made social media posts publicly telling Hassle to not come to his house.
On September 28, Keemstar, a Youtuber and streamer who tracks "drama" in the space, tweeted that he was going to interview Boogie and Hassle. He later tweeted a video in which he said that he was holding off on posting the interview because "it's gonna make Boogie look really bad" and that Boogie had threatened to "kill Frank… multiple times" if he showed up at his house. Keemstar later uploaded the interview on StoryFire with both Boogie and Hassle's permission and initially broke news about the shooting, saying that Boogie had shot a gun at a "while male that went to his home."
"I made it abundantly clear to him and anyone else that would listen that he was not welcome in my home, that because of his previous threats that I would pull a gun on him, and today he decided to show up, and so I did exactly that," Boogie said in the YouTube video he posted. "I pulled a gun on him, I told him to leave my property, I told him that I felt threatened, I fired a warning shot so that he would leave. After firing the warning shot, he did."
Hassle tweeted photos and videos regarding the incident that showed him in front of Boogie's home and included derogatory statements like, "i took the gun and made him suck it like a d--k while the whole neighborhood watched." He also said on Twitter that "the full encounter will be edited n released by me."
In the YouTube video addressing the situation, Boogie released footage that he said had already been released to Keemstar.
In the footage that Boogie posted on YouTube, Hassle appears to stand in front of Boogie's door, yelling, "Come on you f---ing p---y, what's the deal? Where's the gun at, you fat f----t. Open fire! Open fire!"
In the video, Boogie said that he had turned the rest of the footage, which he was unable to publish on YouTube due to it's terms of service, over to the police.
"This is why you cannot make threats of bodily harm. This is why this isn't just trolling. This is why you cannot show up at a YouTuber's house, and this is why we need to, as a community, condemn this kind of behavior," he said. "Someone definitely could have gotten hurt today."
Frank Hassle did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
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