Suspect, 2 others dead after mass shooting at Jacksonville video game tournament
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Circa) - A gunman killed two people and wounded several others before taking his own life Sunday at a video game tournament in Jacksonville, Fla., authorities said.
The suspect has been tentatively identified David Katz, a 24-year-old white man, from Baltimore, who was in the area to attend the Madden NFL 19 tournament at Jacksonville Landing.
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Katz is believed to have opened fire with at least one handgun around 1:30 p.m. ET Sunday inside the restaurant where the tournament was taking place. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said officers found the shooter and two other victims dead at the scene. At least seven others suffered gunshot wounds and were transported to local hospitals, and two additional victims received other injuries.
“I will not be discussing any details pertaining to the motive at this time,” Williams told reporters Sunday night.
The suspect's car has been located and impounded. Investigators believe he stayed in an area hotel Saturday night.
The tournament was streaming live online at the time of the shooting, and video posted online appeared to show people reacting to the gunshots.
Electronic Arts, publisher of the Madden game series, tweeted that it is aware of the shooting and working with local authorities.
One professional gamer at the event, Drini Gjoka, who plays for the Complexity Gaming team, was shot in the thumb.
Gjoka's team later confirmed his injury on Twitter.
The White House confirmed President Donald Trump has been briefed on the shooting and is monitoring the situation.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said on Twitter that he has been in touch with local authorities and offered any state help they may need.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said the FBI and ATF are also coordinating with the sheriff's office.
Anyone who has information on the shooting is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or 866-845-TIPS or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org.