A mass shooting at the Madden 2019 video game tournament inside a restaurant at the Jacksonville Landing shopping complex claimed two victims before the gunman took his own life with the handgun he used to commit the crime.
Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said they believe David Katz, 24, of Baltimore opened fire and killed two people before fatally shooting himself as gunfire, shouts, and screams rang out at the event, which was broadcast over a livestream video feed.
Nine people were wounded by gunfire and two others were injured in the chaos as people sought to flee.
Williams said the gunman died of a self-inflicted gunshot.
“There were three deceased individuals at the scene, one of those being the suspect, who took his own life,” Williams told a news conference. “There were nine victims transported by JFRD (local fire and rescue) to area hospitals. Some of those have gunshot wounds. There were two additional gunshot victims that self-transported themselves to local hospitals.”
He said authorities were still making final confirmation of Katz’s identity with the FBI assisting them in Baltimore.
George “Fitzmagic13” Amadeo, 17, of Belford was shot at the tournament, which he attended with his father, who performed one of the most courageous acts of love when the crisis began.
Amadeo said in a tweet that he was five feet away from the gunman and that his father jumped on him when the shooting began. Amadeo said he was scheduled for surgery today and he should recover, but was “heartbroken” over the incident.
“Have surgery on my foot tomorrow, everything should be ok. Praying for all involved including Spotme and Trueboy. My sister @NinaMarie716 has been keeping you guys updated. I was about 5 feet away from the shooter and my dad jumped on me… he didn’t get shot. Im heartbroken,” Amadeo said in a post on Twitter.
Tweets from his sister, @NinaMarie716, and mother, @MaddenBabe, were keeping friends in New Jersey aware of events in Florida.
Katz was listed by games maker, EA Sports, as a 2017 champion. Steven “Steveyj” Javaruski, said the shooter had been competing and lost.
The two gamers who were killed after a gunman opened fire on a video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, have been identified as Taylor “SpotMePlzzz” Robertson, 27, from West Virginia and Eli “Trueboy” Clayton, 22, from California.
Robertson was married and father to a young son, and had won 13 out of his 18 prior matches in Madden NFL tournaments, according to EA Sports.
Clayton was called a rising star in the Madden online gaming community.
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