Mass Shooting at Madden Championship Series Event in Florida Leaves Several Dead

By Paige Burke — Published August 27, 2018

Mass Shooting at Madden Championship Series Event in Florida Leaves Several Dead

On Sunday, a gunman reported an open fire at a gaming event in Jacksonville, Florida with multiple fatalities reported. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Department has now confirmed that there were "multiple fatalities" and that the single suspect is dead.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's department decided to take to Twitter in order to notify the public that a shooting had taken place at the city's shopping mall, Jacksonville Landing, where the gaming event was taking place. People were warned to stay away whilst the scene was secured.

The gaming event was being live-streamed so the gunshots and screams were caught on camera. Jacksonville Authorities have access to this footage and deputy Mike Williams has encouraged anyone with additional footage to come forward.

At 16.30 ET, Sherriff Williams confirmed that the scene has now been cleared and that the main suspect shooter, 24-year-old David Katz from Baltimore, is now dead due to a self-inflicted gun wound. There are also 11 victims that have been transported to a hospital for immediate medical attention. Two other people were killed at the scene.   

Katz's vehicle has also since been located and police are working to unfold his actions prior to the attack.

The Baltimore Sun stated that "federal authorities were at home in the 1200 block of Harbor Island Walk near Baltimore's Inner Harbor on Sunday night as part of an investigation into the Jacksonville mass shooting."

The event that took place in the Jacksonville mall was a qualifying match for the Madden 19 Tournament and saw around 250 attendees. EA has commented that it was one of four qualifiers taking place in order to advance teams to a Las Vegas event in October.

Attendees of the event took to Twitter to let family and friends know what they had just witnessed.

EA also took to Twitter to confirm that it was "aware of an incident at a sanctioned Madden Championship Series competition in Jacksonville. We are working with authorities to gather facts at this stage."

Unfortunately, this is yet another shooting that Florida has had to witness in the past few years. 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school earlier this year, 5 were gunned down at Fort Lauderdale airport last year and 49 were shot at the Pulse nightclub in 2016.

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