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Multiple Dead in Shooting at Madden Esports Event in Jacksonville, Florida

Published: 26/Aug/2018 18:14 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 15:35

by Calum Patterson

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Police have confirmed that there have been multiple fatalities following a mass shooting at a Madden esports tournament in Jacksonville, Florida.

Update: Sheriff of Jacksonville Mike Williams has confirmed that there is a total of 14 injuries and three fatalities. One of the fatalities is the shooter, David Katz.

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The shooting took place at a Satellite qualifier at the Jacksonville Landing, where amateurs and professional players were competing for a spot at Madden 19’s first Madden Classic.

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Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office confirmed the shooter was a competitor at the event. Reported by the LA Time, Katz opened fire after he lost, before turning the gun on himself, although this could not be immediately confirmed.

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Professional NBA 2K player Tim “LARRY2K” Anselimo was shot three times, but confirmed via Twitter that he has survived, requiring surgery.

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CompLexity Gaming Madden player is among the injured, according to the organization. They have since said he is “fine and only suffered a small injury”.

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The player himself, Drini Gjoka, was one of the first to post on social media about the attack, and confirmed he had been hit in the thumb.

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EA Games, who publishes Madden and plays an integral part in its esports scene, posted a short statement to social media, saying they are working with authorities.

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