Man Opens Fire At Madden Video Game Tournament, Kills 2 Before Shooting Himself
A man opened fire at a restaurant in a Florida mall on Sunday where a Madden NFL 19 tournament was happening.
David Katz, 24, killed two people and injured 10 others before shooting himself, according to ESPN.com. Katz, who was also a gamer and from Baltimore, used a handgun during the shooting which occurred at Chicago Pizza.
Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said nine victims — seven with gunshot wounds, two hurt fleeing the scene — were transported to a hospital and two others with gunshot wounds drove themselves to a hospital.
EA Sports, the video game company behind the Madden franchise issued a statement on the shooting, calling it “a senseless act of violence that we strongly condemn.”
“Our focus right now is on those affected, and supporting law enforcement as they continue their investigation into this crime,” The statement concluded.
The NFL also issued a statement, saying the league was “shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific tragedy today in Jacksonville. Our hearts go out to all those affected. We are grateful for the first responders immediately on the scene. We support our partners at EA Sports and will continue to monitor developments with local law enforcement.”
Since then, numerous members of the gaming community have expressed their condolences while speaking about the importance of handling gun violence in America.
In the wake of this gun shooting with guns, people are going to want to talk about games instead of guns, a lack of security instead of guns, toxicity instead of guns, a culture of violence instead of guns. Don't. Talk about guns. It's guns.
— David Milner (@DaveMilbo) August 26, 2018
A shooting in Jacksonville. This time at a video game tournament.
The shooter? A player who lost…
Remember, at the end of the day, games are entertainment.
Your skill is NOT a reflection of your self worth.
And at NO point should games EVER be used to justify violence.
— MatPat (@MatPatGT) August 26, 2018
I’ve attended countless local gaming tournaments all across this country, in all sorts of different games and communities, and never once did I fear for my life.
Gun violence in America does not discriminate and comes for us all eventually.
It is well beyond time this changed.
— Jared Rea (@jaredr) August 26, 2018