People Shot and Killed at Madden Video Game Event in Florida



“The coast guard patrols the St John’s river outside of the Jacksonville Landing in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. Florida authorities are reporting multiple fatalities after a mass shooting at the riverfront mall in Jacksonville that was hosting a video game tournament.” CBS News Photo credits: (AP Photo/Laura Heald)

Jasmeen Rivera, Reporter

Three people were killed and eleven were injured when a gunman opened fire in a popular mall, where a Madden Video Game event was being held in Jacksonville, Florida on August 26th. The suspected shooter, David Katzz, 24, of Baltimore, Maryland died after a self-inflicted gunshot wound after his initial rampage. On the bar’s Twitch account, which was streaming the event at the time, you can hear gunshots and screams in the background. Fortunately, according to CBS News, all employees and staff members were able to get out safely and “untouched.”

The tournament lasted two days, with over 150 players and spectators coming to enjoy and compete for a spot to go to Las Vegas for the final tournament.  Drini Gjoka, who tweeted about the event and who had also been hit in the thumb by a bullet, wrote this Sunday was, “worst day of [his] life” and that he would “never take anything for granted ever again.” Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott, according to CBS News, says that Florida Law Enforcement is working on the case.

NFL Sports issued a statement, saying that they were “shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific tragedy” that happened in Jacksonville Sunday, “We support our partners at EA Sports and will continue to monitor developments with local departments.” EA Sports is working with investigators to answer any questions on the tragedy.