Several people in live streams and social media reported a mass shooting at a Madden NFL 19 tournament in Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday afternoon. The Jacksonville Sheriff's office confirmed several casualties at the scene, including the alleged shooter.
At a press conference on Sunday evening, Duval County Sheriff Mike Williams from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office identified the shooting suspect as David Katz, 24, of Baltimore. Williams said that Katz was a competitor on the tournament and that Katz took his own life after he opened the fire.
Three were killed in the shootings, including the suspect, and nine were treated for gunshot wounds in local hospitals, according to Williams. All surviving victims are in stable condition, Williams said. Two more people suffered injuries as they flee the scene, Williams said. He said the sheriff's office is still working to confirm the identity of the deceased.
The tournament was broadcast live on Twitch at the time of filming. Twitch picked up the clip in question, but archives are available on Twitter and YouTube.
The video features competitors Wesley "Joe Rice" Gittens and Eli "True" Clayton. A red dot, apparently a laser aiming sight, can be seen briefly on Clayton before the video drops the images of the competition and the shootings begin. When nine shots are fired, the competitors hear their stations leave and others stop running. Then a man is called, "What did he shoot me with?" Three more shots are fired and screams can be heard.
This weekend at Jacksonville Landing Downtown became the first of four qualifying events for the Madden Classic Series sponsored by EA Sports. The tournament was held at the GLHF Game Bar in Jacksonville Landing while the shoot took place next door at Chicago Pizza. There are no other suspects in the shootout, Williams said. The Baltimore Sun reported that the federal authorities went to a South Baltimore home on Sunday night and that the investigation was related to Jacksonville shooting.
In a statement posted on Sunday night on Twitter Electronic Arts described the incident as "a meaningless act of violence that we strongly condemn." The company added that its current focus is "on those affected and supporting law enforcement as they continue their investigation."
Katz, also known as "Bread," "Sliced Bread," and / or "ravenschamp," was the club champion who represented the Buffalo Bills in the Madden NFL 17 contest year.