David Katz has been identified as the suspect who carried out the mass shooting at a Madden 19 video game tournament in Jacksonville Landing Jacksonville, Florida. Katz, who went by the names “BREAD” and “RavensChamp” is the lone suspect in the attack, according to Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams. He is from Baltimore, Maryland, local CBS affiliate WJZ reports.
He used a semi-automatic hand gun in the attack.
At a briefing on Sunday afternoon, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department confirmed there were three casualties (a number which included the shooter) and 7 wounded victims.
Katz died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“We have no outstanding suspects at this time. No outstanding suspects,” Williams said at a news conference. “We have one suspect in this case. He is deceased at the scene.”
Katz was previously a Madden 17 NFL Champion in Buffalo. As of the time of this post, the Bills still had a tweet up congratulating Katz on his tournament win.
Those who were wounded have been treated at various local hospitals.
One of the gamers was reportedly shot in the thumb.
“We’re obviously shocked and saddened by this afternoon’s events. Our player, Drini, was hit in the thumb but is going to be fine. He managed to escape and run down the street to a nearby gym. He’s currently cooperating with the authorities and we will be flying him out of Jacksonville as soon as we are given the green light from the officials on the ground,” Jason Lake, CompLexity Gaming founder and CEO, said in a statement.
The tournament was taking place at GLHF Game Bar in Jacksonville Landing. The tournament was the Southeastern Qualifier for the Madden NFL 19 Championship Series. The game was on XBOX One, with third-place winning $1,000 and the first- and second-place winners being flown to the Finals Qualification event.
“We are aware of an incident at a sanctioned Madden Championship Series competition in Jacksonville. We are working with authorities to gather facts at this stage,” the official Twitter account of Madden NFL creator EA Sports wrote in a brief statement addressing the shooting. “This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved.”
Immediately after the shooting, video surfaced on social media that showed the moments gunfire erupted. In the video, it appears that a laser passed across the chest of one of the gamers before the shots began.