Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Gunman Targeted Gamers During Florida Shooting

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Judith Alexander | 28 August, 2018, 09:45

Player Drini Gjoka of the CompLexity Gaming team based in Dallas was one of the competitors at the Madden NFL 19 tournament and suffered a minor injury during the shooting. "Traumatized and devastated", the gamer added.

Authorities identified the shooter as David Katz of Baltimore.

Authorities in the U.S. state of Florida say there are "multiple fatalities" after a shooting at a shopping centre bar in Jacksonville, where a video game tournament was taking place.

Elijah Clayton, 22, and Tayor Robertson, 27, died of gunshot wounds Sunday during a shooting at a Madden 19 tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, the first of four planned qualifier events before the Madden finals in Las Vegas in October. He said the FBI was searching the man's home as part of the investigation.

The shooting occurred at GLHF Game Bar in downtown Jacksonville, which was hosting the event that police say the suspect was in town for. "Even after we played, I beat him, I went to shake his hand and tell him "good game" and he just looked at me".

Both of the men killed were elite players, also called gamers, of the Madden football video game made by EA Sports, a division of Electronic Arts Inc.

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A competitor at Sunday's tournament told the LA Times on Sunday that the shooter was a participant who had been disqualified earlier in the day, but authorities have not confirmed the testimony. "David Katz keeps to himself".

"You are not going to see much emotion from our guy 'Bread, '" they said. He won more than $80,500 in his professional gaming career and won the Madden Classic championship in 2016. "He's not here to make friends".

In a post-game interview following his win, Katzs face could be described as emotionless, while his eyes wander from looking at the floor to around the room.

According to local station KCRA, gunshots were heard on an online livestream of the tournament on the Twitch website, after which the broadcast stopped "abruptly". One person was taken to Baptist Medical Center with a minor injury.

He had earned about $51,000 playing Madden football and Robertson had earned about $80,000, EA Sports said on its website. "Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to their families, loved ones, and all of those affected by this tragedy".

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