3 dead as video gamer goes on shooting spree at Florida restaurant

Minnie Murray
August 28, 2018

The tournament at The Landing entertainment and shopping complex - a regional qualifier for finals in Las Vegas with a $25,000 prize - took place at the GLHF Game Bar. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Katz was attending the competition, which drew professional players from around the world, but added that he did not know what motivated the shooting or whether Katz knew the victims. According to him, there were three deceased victims at the scene, one of whom was the suspected gunman.

After the shooting, police barricaded a three-block radius around the mall.

The waterfront mall still houses a handful of restaurants, including a Hooters Restaurant and Chicago Pizza, and holds concerts and occasionally political rallies on the outdoor pavilion that fronts the St. Johns River.

UF Health Jacksonville received six patients, including one in serious condition. At least three patients were shot once, and three were shot a few times, according to UF Health hospital where the victims were taken.

Video believed to be from a live stream of the competition on Twitch circulated on social media after the shooting. All were in stable condition, he said.

Jones said he was sitting on a back patio outside the tournament venue when he heard the gunshots.

"My heart goes out to the family, friends and people affected by the madden shooting today", one video platform streamer and Internet personality, Ninja, wrote on Twitter. "Don't hesitate to secure your spot", the post read in part. Two of the tournament's players, along with the shooter, died on the scene. They say one person was treated for a "non-gunshot-related" injury.

"I'm still shocked, I can hardly talk", he told CNN.

Malik Brunson said he was at a nearby Hooters restaurant when the shooting occurred. He says much of what he and others knew of Katz, they learned from his baffling style of playing the game.

After a fierce debate over gun laws after the Parkland shooting this year, Florida lawmakers passed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, which includes banning the sale or possession of bump fire stocks, giving law enforcement greater power to seize weapons and ammunition from those deemed mentally unfit, and raising the age to purchase a firearm to 21 from 18.

"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", he said. Gov. Rick Scott said he spoke to President Trump, who offered federal resources.

After losing his single-elimination game Sunday, Kivlen said, he left to take a nap at his hotel about 20 minutes before the attack.

"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 Giffords, who co-founded a gun violence prevention organization. "The massacre in Jacksonville is yet another devastating indictment of this country's inability to keep our kids safe".

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