Earlier today, a terrorist decided to shoot up the Madden ’19 tournament being held in Jacksonville, Florida. The ficial eSports event was part the Madden Championship Series, which fers large monetary rewards to winners. After gamers and attendees were moved to safety and authorities were able to investigate the situation further, they were able to identify the suspect.
According to The New York Times, 24-year-old David Katz has been identified as the shooter. He killed himself after fatally shooting two other gamers, putting the overall body count at three. The shooting took place at 1:34 p.m. at the Jacksonville Landing at the GLHF Game Bar. The motives behind the attack have not yet been discerned, but some believe that the game’s competition was a motivating factor. Eleven people were injured, nine by gunshots. The most critical victim was shot in the chest, but is expected to survive. Three victims were shot once, the other victims were hit multiple times.
In a video the shooting, two gamers who both chose the Atlanta Falcons are conversing. Within moments, a red laser dot appears on one the players before the feed switches to the video game and gunshots are heard. You can hear Katz shoot one player, who then yells “Goddamn, oh fuck, what’d he shoot me with!” The screen shows the controller has been disconnected as the shooting continues.