On Sunday afternoon, a man with a gun reportedly opened fire at a video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida. The sound of gunshots and reacting screams were heard on the competition’s live stream — a chilly accounting that preserves another American mass shooting.
The suspect is 24-year-old, David Katz from Baltimore, MD, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
Two victims died, nine were injured and the suspect shot himself with the weapon, a handgun.
Mass shooting at the Jacksonville Landing. Stay far away from the area. The area is not safe at this time. STAY AWAY #TheLandingMassShooting
— Jax Sheriff’s Office (@JSOPIO) August 26, 2018
#TheLandingMassShooting – Identification of deceased victims.
Black male, 22 years old
Woodland Hills, CA
White male, 28 years old
Giles, West Virginia https://t.co/o7kWwedSMP
— Jax Sheriff’s Office (@JSOPIO) August 27, 2018
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office kept the public informed via Twitter— instructing people hiding inside The Landing after the incident, to wait until SWAT teams came to them.
Those who were injured were taken to UF Health Jacksonville , which is nearly 10 minutes away from the scene.
I’ve spoken to @JSOPIO Mike Williams to offer any state resources he may need. FDLE is currently responding, and I have spoken to FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen regarding the shooting in Jacksonville. We will continue to receive updates from law enforcement.
— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) August 26, 2018
The shooting happened at Chicago Pizza at The Jacksonville Landing, where a Madden Tournament was taking place. Madden is a video game based on players in the NFL. The first call came in at 1:34 p.m.
The motive of the shooter has not been released and the identities of the victims who died have not been officially announced.
What is known is that David was a winner in previous Madden tournaments, as recently as February 2017, going by the gaming name, “Bread.” He was a student at the University of Maryland where he enrolled in September 2014, majoring in environmental science and technology, but he did not register for classes in the fall semester.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 904-630-0500 or 866-845-TIPS.
HelloSWFL’s Allyssa Dickert and Bo Evans are in Jacksonville. This story is developing. We will have more at the end of the day, August 27.