UPDATED 6:18 AM PT — Mon. August 27, 2018
A video game tournament turned deadly in Florida after a gunman opened fire, killing 2 people and injuring several others.
The incident, which officials are calling a mass shooting, happened Sunday during a Madden tournament at Jacksonville Landing in the downtown area.
“Shortly there after, businesses in landing went on lockdown as other patrol units worked to evacuate the area,” explained Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams. “When the SWAT and bomb team arrived they also conducted a detail sweep of the landing.”
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said the suspect — identified as 24-year-old David Katz from Baltimore — took his own life after opening fire inside the Chicago Pizza restaurant.
Officials said he used at least one handgun and believe he stayed in town the night before the shooting.
A video has since surfaced on social media that shows gamers disconnecting as gunshots were heard in the background.
Officials are investigating the motive, but said the suspect was in Florida for the competition.
“We have faced an occurrence that is all too common that will require us to continue to do the hard work of public safety to make sure that people are safe,” stated Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry.
The incident is the third major mass shooting to hit Florida in the past two years.
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