Published: Mon, August 27, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Gamer fears he may have been Madden tournament shooter's target

Gamer fears he may have been Madden tournament shooter's target

Authorities say a gunman opened-fire at an online video game tournament in Florida, killing two people before fatally shooting himself as a livestream of the event appeared to capture gunfire, shouts and screams. And this is pending confirmation, but we believe the suspect to be 24-year-old David Katz from Baltimore, Maryland.

Florida has seen several mass shootings in recent years: a gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland earlier this year; five people were gunned down at the Fort Lauderdale airport last year; and 49 were shot dead at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in 2016.

KSAT 12's sister station in Jacksonville, Florida, News4Jax, is learning more about the gunman suspected of carrying out Sunday's mass shooting targeting a Madden NFL 19 tournament at the Jacksonville Landing.

" No motive is known".

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams declined Sunday to comment on possible reasons for the attack.

The sheriff's office said the Federal Bureau of Investigation was assisting them in Baltimore.

The shooting could prompt a re-evaluation of security measures at the growing number of esports tournaments.

The bar was hosting a qualifying round for the Madden NFL Championship Series, with audio of the horrific event live-streamed to gamers online via Twitch, where you can hear at least 12 gunshots ring out.

"It sucks. You never know when it's going to happen".

The latest rampage occurred amid a debate over USA gun laws that was given fresh impetus by the massacre in February of 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Fla.

Williams said the suspect killed two people, and then shot himself with a handgun.

U.S. President Donald Trump has been briefed and is monitoring the situation in Jacksonville, the White House said.

The bar was live-streaming the competition when the gunfire started, according to video shared on social media.

He said the two ran to a nearby restaurant where workers were waving people in, hiding in a bathroom until police arrived.

"We did see him, two hands on the gun, walking back, just popping rounds", Poindexter told reporters.

"I was just praying for my life and I thank God".

Others said that the shooter was particularly angry at Trueboy, although authorities have not yet confirmed this account.

"I feel fine, just a scratch on my head". On his verified Twitter profile, Anselimo said: "Devastated".

Officials with UF Health Jacksonville, the top trauma hospital in the area, said they treated six victims ranging in age from 20-35, with one victim in serious condition.

The Jacksonville Landing rules of conduct bar visitors from bringing a weapon onto the property, even if it is legally owned and carried.

Reacting to news of the shooting during the tournament involving its game, Madden 19 maker Electronic Arts Inc said it was working with authorities to gather facts.

The company sent out an additional statement Sunday evening after more information from police came in, saying, "The tragic situation that occurred Sunday in Jacksonville was a senseless act of violence that we strongly condemn".

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