||| Laura Heald |||
A video gaming competition took a violent turn when a competitor who lost shot up the event. The shooting left three people dead Sunday morning in Jacksonville, Florida and police say the suspect was among them. Jacksonville sheriff Mike Williams said two people were killed by the gunman and another nine were injured. Two more were injured in the stampede as people fled.
Officials have not released the identity of the victims but the gunman has been identified as 24-year-old David Katz, of Baltimore, Maryland. Federal authorities are said to have raided the home of the gunman who was in Jacksonville for the Madden football video game competition.
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When asked if FBI and ATF agents were among those investigating the home in Maryland Williams said, "We are having … there is some cooperation going on in Baltimore." There were dozens of gamers competing and watching others play the Madden NFL19 football game which is an American football simulator.
The competition was held at a popular complex called the Jacksonville Landing. Williams described how his officers were finding locals hiding in shops and restaurants long after the shooting. Two of the wounded were able to transport themselves to the hospital while another seven were transported by ambulance.
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Mayor Lenny Curry said, "Jacksonville is in mourning." A tweet from the Jacksonville sheriffs said, "Mass shooting at the Jacksonville Landing. Stay far away from the area. The area is not safe at this time. STAY AWAY." Sheriff Williams said, "Multiple fatalities at the scene, many transported. One suspect is dead at the scene, unknown at this time if we have a second suspect. Searches are being conducted.
"We are finding many people hiding in locked areas at the Landing. We ask you to stay calm, stay where you are hiding. Swat is doing a methodical search inside the Landing. We will get to you. Please don’t come running out. If you are hiding in the Landing, call 911 so we can get to you." President Trump personally called the governor of Florida Rick Scott and offered all necessary assistance.
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