"3 Dead, Including Shooter, in Jacksonville Madden Tournament Shooting"


By Jennifer Calfas and Eli Meixler
Updated: August 27, 2018 10:44 PM ET
Originally published: August 26, 2018

Two people were killed and 11 others were injured when a gunman opened fire on a live video game tournament at a mall in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday afternoon.

The 24-year-old shooter, identified by police as David Katz of Baltimore, fired off numerous rounds during the live EA Sports’s Madden NFL 19 championship series — fatally shooting two gamers, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said at a press conference Sunday evening. Aired live on Twitch TV, a gaming network, at least 12 shots could be heard during the shooting as players competed in the gaming tournament. The video game abruptly ended moments after the first shots were heard — and the audio of its horrific aftermath continued to stream live.

The suspected shooter was found dead at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Williams said. He was the sole shooter in the event and “clearly” was targeting competitive gamers during the attack, authorities said Monday. The suspected shooter had purchased two handguns legally in Maryland before traveling to Jacksonville for the event, law enforcement officials said.

The scene at The Landing mall was secure several hours after the shooting after SWAT teams conducted a “methodical search” inside the shopping center. Authorities originally told patrons who were hiding inside to “stay calm.”

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