A gunman opened fire at a Madden Championship Series even in Jacksonville, Florida earlier today. The shooting occurred at the Jacksonville Landing complex at the qualifying event for the Madden 19 tournament at GLHF Game Bar.
According to Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams, three were found dead at the scene, including the gunman, who had committed suicide. Nine other victims were transported to local hospitals, seven of which had gunshot wounds. The victims “are all in a stable condition at this time”, added Williams. One participant and member of esports group Complexity Gaming, Drini Gjoka, tweeted that a bullet had hit his thumb. Another attendee tweeted that a bullet had grazed his head and he had been taken to a hospital.
The suspect has been identified as 24 year old David Katz from Baltimore. His home is currently being investigated by police. Katz was a known figure in the competitive scene and was registered to play in this weekend’s event.
““We are aware of an incident at a sanctioned Madden Championship Series competition in Jacksonville. We are working with authorities to gather facts at this stage. This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved.”
The event was being streamed live on Twitch, and there is a clip of the shooting available. WARNING: the follwing clip is extremely disturbing.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office will continue to provide updates on its twitter feed.