Esports gaming event leave 3 dead several injured over video game loss
By: Susan Conte, Xiro Xone News August 26, 2018 Updated: 4:26 PM PT
An eSports gaming event held at The Jacksonville Landing in Jacksonville, Florida, was interrupted when gunshots rang out leaving three dead including the shooter, and several injured. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said, “Investigators believe 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore was the shooter.”
David Katz, a white male age 24, shot and killed two eSports gamers and injured several others, before turning the gun on himself, after a disappointing loss during a video game event. Katz was listed as, the 2017 champion by EA Sports, the company who developed the Madden NFL 19 video game, the focus of the tournament.
Officials said, “six victims were transported to UF Health Jacksonville, and three individuals were being treated at, Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville.”
The sheriff's office said, "Many people were found hiding in locked areas at the riverfront shopping complex.” They spoke to those in hiding by saying, “We ask you to stay calm, stay where you are hiding. SWAT is doing a methodical search inside The Landing,” “we will get to you, please don’t come running out."
There were witnesses that said, “Katz had been eliminated in a prior round at the Jacksonville tournament.” Speculation in the gaming community is that Katz, could not handle the disappointment of losing, and went into a rage. No word on why, he would attend a video game tournament carrying a gun.
Comments are pouring in from community leaders and politicians such as, Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine who released a statement saying, "I am horrified and I am furious and that it's time for new leaders.”
Former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham said, “The only way to end mass shootings is to "vote out the politicians complicit in this cycle of death."
Katz appeared to be living with his father in Baltimore, Maryland. Law enforcement searched the home on Sunday, but did not release details of the search, or, if anything was found at the property.