Deadly Mass Shooting in Florida Video Game Tournament
August 28, 2018 | Brainwave Science
Three people were killed, including the suspected shooter, and 11 others were injured in a mass shooting that erupted at Madden NFL Esports tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, sheriff’s officials reported.
David Katz, a 24-year-old gamer from Baltimore, Maryland, was in Jacksonville for the tournament at GLHF Game Bar. David carried two handguns, bought in August, into the venue and opened fire, killing two people. Then he turned the gun on himself, according to Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams.
There were about 150 people inside the arena at the time of the shooting, said Williams, but the suspect “clearly targeted other gamers.” According to Williams, David and other gamers had prior relationships, even though police have identified no relationship between the shooter and victims and authorities still have not identified a “concrete motive.”
Police found the suspected shooter dead at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was the lone shooter in the event and “clearly” was targeting competitive gamers during the attack, authorities said after reviewed footage of the attack. FBI agents said, the suspected shooter had two handguns on his body during the attack, and officials believe he only used one to shoot. David Katz purchased the gun within the last month legally from an approved dealer in Maryland before travelling to Jacksonville for the event. Authorities have searched the suspect’s vehicle and the hotel room in Jacksonville and have questioned his parent, who has been cooperative, regarding any more information about the shooting.
Nine victims were transported to local area hospitals and other two victims transported themselves to the hospital, police said. All 11 victims are currently in stable condition. Police identified the killed victims as Elijah Clayton, 22, and Taylor Robertson, 28, both competitive video game players.
Florida has experienced several mass shootings in recent years: a gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland earlier this year; five people were gunned down at the Fort Lauderdale airport last year, and 49 were shot dead at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in 2016. After the Jacksonville mass shooting, Mayor Lenny Curry said, ” We have faced an occurrence that is all too common and will require us to do hard work of public safety to make sure that people are safe.”
The U.S has more mass shooting in recent years than any other country. It has tripled since 2011, shooting occurring every 64 days. It has developed into a dangerous and growing concern as annually gun violence results in tens of thousands of deaths and injuries. The U.S. President Donald Trump offered federal assistance in response to the shooting.
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