Mon August 27 2018
by Charlie Fripp
Two gamers have been fatally shot on Sunday at a Madden esports tournament in Jacksonville, Florida. Local authorities confirmed the incident on Twitter, posting “Mass shooting at the Jacksonville Landing.”
The Madden NFL 19 Classic qualifier event was held at the local GLHF Game Bar, where the top two players would go on to complete in the Round of 16 at the Madden Classic main event in Las Vegas in October – as well as walk away with some cash.
According to CNN and local authorities, the suspect is tournament competitor David Katz, a 24-year-old from Baltimore, Maryland
During a press briefing Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams confirmed that Katz brought at least one handgun to the venue, and killed two people before turning the gun on himself. No motive has been released yet.
Williams also confirmed that nine other people suffered gunshot wounds and two people were injured fleeing the area.
The event was streamed on Twitch and according to NBC Washington, “a red dot that appears to be a laser pointer is visible on the chest of a player seconds before the first of a dozen gunshots rings out.”
Developer EA Sports also released a statement on Sunday.
“The tragic situation that occurred Sunday in Jacksonville was a senseless act of violence that we strongly condemn. Our most heartfelt sympathies go out to the families of the victims whose lives were taken today and those who are injured.”