EA cancels Madden Classic qualifier events after Jacksonville shooting

Hannah Rogers
August 28, 2018

He had earned about $51,000 playing Madden football and Robertson had earned about $80,000, EA Sports said on its website. Ten other people were injured by bullets and the shooter, identified as David Katz, shot and killed himself.

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said at a news conference after the rampage Sunday afternoon that nine other people were wounded by gunfire and two others had been hurt in the chaos as people sought to flee.

Katz had past success at video game tournaments, winning the Madden Bills Championship in 2017, along with $3,500 and the chance to compete in a later contest in Los Angeles.

William said Katz committed the shooting with a single handgun.

Williams also confirmed that the shooter, 24-year-old David "Bread" Katz from Baltimore, Maryland, "clearly targeted" other gamers at the GLHF Game Bar inside Chicago Pizza. "We have to address the people next to us and then change". He says the suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot and authorities were still confirming his identity.

Police officers cordon off a street outside The Jacksonville Landing after a shooting during a video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida August 26, 2018.

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The two victims killed in Sunday's mass shooting in Florida, during a video game tournament, have been identified on social media as men in their 20s, including one who was a father and husband.

Professional gamer Justin Barone told the Herald via direct message on Twitter, "I was in the room when it happened, heard a pop and knew what it was". Viewers could watch the games online and see the players.

A livestream video feed of the tournament captured what appeared to be a laser dot creeping up one of the victim's chests seconds before the first of at least a dozen gunshots rang out. Both were purchased within the past month, police said. "I will never take anything for granted ever again".

As many as 11 people were reported injured during the shooting and taken to area hospitals. "Worst day of my life", Gjoka wrote on Twitter.

Tweeting on Sunday within hours the incident, she said: 'A frightful tragedy. "We have made a decision to cancel our three remaining Madden Classic qualifier events while we run a comprehensive review of safety protocols for competitors and spectators", he said.

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