BLOOD BOWL: 3 Dead, Including Gunman, in Shooting at Florida Gaming Contest
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – August 27, 2018
Three people died and 11 others were wounded Sunday after a shooting rampage during a Madden 19 video game tourney in downtown Jacksonville, Florida.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said the lone shooter, who is believed to be David Katz, 24, of Baltimore, was found among the dead, after taking his own life.
While authorities had not released the names of the two shooting victims, multiple media outlets, including Florida Today of the USA TODAY Network, reported they were Taylor Robertson, 27, of Ballard, West Virginia, and Eli Clayton, 22, of Woodland Hills, California.
The attack happened inside a restaurant at the Jacksonville Landing, a popular riverfront entertainment area with stores and restaurants in the downtown section of the city.
Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said at the time of the shooting there were a large number of people inside a pizza restaurant that was hosting a tournament for the 'Madden NFL '19' football video game.
Williams said investigators are still working to determine the motive for the attack.
So far, he said authorities believe the lone shooter was 24-year-old David Katz from Baltimore, Maryland, and that he used a single handgun.
Williams said the suspect was in Jacksonville for the competition, and that it was not yet clear if he knew the victims.
Eleven people either were taken to the hospital or went there on their own, including nine with gunshot wounds and two others who sustained injuries while fleeing the gunfire. One person remained in serious condition and the other in good condition.
Video game giant Electronic Arts issued a statement that it was "aware of an incident at a sanctioned Madden Championship Series competition in Jacksonville. We are working with authorities to gather facts at this stage."
Complexity Gaming, a professional gaming team that had a player participating in the event at the GLHF Game Bar, said Twitter participant Drini Gjoka was grazed in the hand but was "away from the scene and safe."
Gjoka tweeted that he was hit in the thumb when the tournament "got shot up."
"Worst day of my life," Gjoka said. "I will never take anything for granted ever again. Life can be cut short in a second."
The Jacksonville Landing is an entertainment complex along the St. Johns River. The area includes waterfront restaurants and an indoor shopping mall.
Jacksonville is about 300 miles north of Parkland, where a gunman killed 17 people in a rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., issued a statement after Sunday's shooting: "Word of another tragic mass shooting in our state brings shock and outrage."
Florida Governor Rick Scott said he had promised Mayor Lenny Curry and other officials in Jacksonville any state support they might need. He also said President Donald Trump had called and offered any federal help the state may need following the shooting.
Trump did not make any public statement about the attack. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the White House was monitoring the situation.