Fatal Shooting at Madden 19 Tournament in Jacksonville, FL

Fatal Shooting at Madden 19 Tournament in Jacksonville, FL


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On Sunday during a qualifying tournament for the Madden NFL 19 Classic, 24-year-old gamer David Katz, opened fire at the GLHF Game Bar, killing 2 people and injuring 11 before turning the gun on himself. Police have not yet released a possible motive. At least one handgun was used in the shooting. Katz had previously won the Madden 17 Bills Championship, after which the team tweeted out a picture with him congratulating him on the win.

One of the men shot was 27-year-old Taylor “spotmeplzzz” Robertson, from West Virginia, a previous Madden Classic winner from 2 years ago. The other was Eli “True” Clayton, a 22-year-old former high school football player from California who enjoyed playing Madden online, winning about $51,000 in his gaming career. Both were well-known competitors in the Madden and gaming world.

Others who were injured shared their life changing experience on social media. One victim being shot twice in his lower body, one bullet going through, the other being lodged. Another man was struck in the thumb, calling it the “worst day of my life.” Another victim was shot 3 times according to his mother, and he will be having surgery this week.

Florida has seen a number of mass shootings in the past few years. The high school shooting killing 17 people earlier this year, 5 people shot at the Fort Lauderdale airport last year, and the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando back in 2016, bringing the Governor Rock Scott to bring awareness to the issue.

“We have got to change,” Gov. Rick Scott told reporters Sunday night. “We’ve got to really stop and say to ourselves: there’s something wrong. Why are young men willing to give up their life, or why don’t they value somebody else’s life?” he said. “We’ve got to figure this out.”
“The massacre in Jacksonville is a tragic reminder of the threats we face from gun violence, no matter who we are or where our day takes us,” said Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who co-founded a gun violence prevention organization, “And it’s yet another devastating indictment of this country’s inability to keep our kids safe.”

Written by Clarke Jones

Source: CNN