Investigators believe Katz was in Jacksonville for the Madden 19 tournament, a video game competition and that he might have stayed in town Saturday night. Pending confirmation, we believe the suspect is a 24-year-old, David Katz from Baltimore, MD.
Investigators were looking into an online video that appeared to capture the scene right before the shooting began, Williams said.
Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Katz was a lone shooter with a handgun who opened fire on tournament participants inside the Chicago Pizza restaurant. T.J. Smith, chief spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department, also said that the agency was assisting law enforcement partners "with some information that has led authorities to Baltimore".
A motive has not yet been established, but there are some reports saying that Katz became angry after losing in the Madden tournament.
Gilliam said some people will simply watch other gamers play while others want to engage in conversation.
Various competitors tweeted about the horrors of the afternoon, including professional gamer Drini Gjoka, who wrote, "I am literally so lucky". Officials have not released the names of the victims. Some social media users responded by calling out the Trump daughter for standing by her father's policies against gun control and support of the National Rifle Association after yet another mass shooting in the United States. "It will require us to continue to do the hard work of public safety to make sure people are safe", Curry said. Javaruski said he saw the suspect target specific people.
Reacting to news of the shooting during the tournament involving its game, Madden 19 maker Electronic Arts Inc said it was working with authorities to gather facts.
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He added that two others were injured in the chaos as people sought to flee the gunfire.
Gjoka tweeted that he was hit in the thumb when the tournament "got shot up".
"I will never take anything for granted ever again".
"The tragic situation that occurred Sunday in Jacksonville was a senseless act of violence that we strongly condemn", a company spokesperson said to Reuters late on Sunday.
It's unclear what kind of security was at the event, which was held at a game bar inside a waterfront mall.