Jacksonville Shooting: Man Kills People After Losing Video Game Tournament

 Jacksonville Shooting: Man Kills People After Losing Video Game Tournament

jacksonville shootingJacksonville Shooting: A gunman opened fire at a live-streamed video game tournament in Florida on Sunday, killing two before turning the gun on himself.

Eleven others were shot and wounded at Jacksonville Landing, a waterfront dining, entertainment and shopping site in the city’s downtown, while at least two others were injured while fleeing the scene.

Sheriff Mike Williams said police believed the suspect was David Katz, a 24-year-old from Baltimore, who used at least one handgun.

“There were three deceased individuals at the scene, one of those being the suspect, who took his own life,” Sheriff Mike Williams told a news conference

“There were nine victims transported by JFRD (local fire and rescue) to area hospitals. Some of those have gunshot wounds. There were two additional gunshot victims that self-transported themselves to local hospitals.”

He said authorities were still making final confirmation of his identity with the FBI assisting them in Baltimore.

The shooting took place during a regional qualifier for the Madden 19 online game tournament at the GLHF Game Bar inside a Chicago Pizza restaurant, according to the venue’s website.

Katz, who was in Jacksonville for the video game tournament, is listed by games maker, EA Sports, as a 2017 championship winner.

Steven “Steveyj” Javaruski, a professional Madden player for Noble eSports, said the shooter had been competing and lost, the LA Times reported.

Mr Javaruski said he witnessed his fellow competitor target a “few people” killing at least two or three and shooting multiple others.

Mariam Harun

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