According to the New York Post, the recent video game tournament shooter has been identified. At this time, we are asking our readers to pray for everyone involved.
On Sunday, August 26, during a Madden football tournament in Florida, a sore loser opened fire on other video gamers. The competition took place at the GLHF Game Bar in the Jacksonville Landing open-air mall.
The video game tournament was aired live, according to officials. Two innocent gamers have died and at least 10 injured.
Leading up to the first dozen shots, video captured a red-laser dot lined up on another player's torso at about 1:30 p.m. The camera then cut away but the background sound filled with screams and one of the controllers disconnected.
After the shots rang out, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office warned the public to keep away from the area in a string of tweets.
"Mass shooting at the Jacksonville Landing. Stay far away from the area,” read the first tweet. “The area is not safe at this time. STAY AWAY.”
The police officers rushed to the scene and set up a three-block perimeter around the riverfront mall. SWAT teams were also on scene and entered the bloody gaming bar. Officers told the petrified survivors to call 911 and stay down.
"We will get to you," another tweet was posted. "Please don't come running out."
Once the gunman killed himself, police stormed into the bar and rescued the remaining survivors. At the time, there were at least six survivors who were rushed to the hospital; they were between the ages of 20 and 35 years old.
The gunman was 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore, Maryland. When he finished with his deadly rampage, two were dead at the scene and nine were injured. Now reports are saying there may be at least 10 injured.
“To have someone walk into an event like this that’s all about good sportsmanship and teamwork and just good vibes, and do something like this, it’s heartbreaking," said Jason Lake, the founder and CEO of CompLexity Gaming.
“I think that the eSports industry as a whole is going to have to step back and take a look at further strengthening our security,” Lake said.
The popular tournament offered $5,000 in prizes, with the top two finishers qualifying for competitive spots in the Madden Classic Live Finals in Las Vegas.
“Today, this evening, and tonight, Jacksonville is mourning,” Mayor Lenny Curry said. “Pray for Jacksonville as we deal with this senseless tragedy.”
Will you please pray for this situation and for everyone involved?