US: 2 killed in shooting at video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida
A gunman is among the two fatalities after a shooting broke out at an online gaming tournament in Florida on Sunday afternoon.
The shooting occurred during the Madden 19 Tournament at the GLHF Game Bar in Jacksonville, Florida.
David Katz, 24, killed himself and two others, and left 14 people injured in the chaotic shooting at the Jacksonville Landing complex in Jacksonville at around 1.34pm on Sunday, police said.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office confirmed there were multiple fatalities and injuries and said one suspect, a white male, was dead at the scene. An official close to the investigation said that the gunman killed himself with the semi-auto handgun used in the shooting.
Authorities would not reveal additional details about the shooter or the victims. Witnesses have said the shooter was a player who had just lost in the tournament.
Katz is known to have gone by the gamer monikers ‘Ravenschamp’ and ‘Bread’.
‘Mass shooting at the Jacksonville Landing. Stay far away from the area. The area is not safe at this time. STAY AWAY #TheLandingMassShooting,’ the Jax Sheriff’s Office tweeted.
A livestream from the gaming tournament captured the moment the gunfire broke out.
The commentators could be heard going silent as the first gunshots were fired and people began screaming. One person can be heard asking “what are you shooting with?”
The stream then cut out and a message appeared saying ‘controller disconnected’.
At least 12 gunshots were heard in the video.
One of the gamers, Drini Gjoka, said he was shot in the hand.
‘The tourney just got shot up. I’m leaving and never coming back. I am literally so lucky. The bullet hit my thumb. Worst day of my life,’ he tweeted.
‘I will never take anything for granted ever again. Life can be cut short in a second.’