Two people were killed and 11 others wounded Sunday, August 26, United States time, when a video game tournament competitor went on a shooting rampage before turning the gun on himself in the northern Florida city of Jacksonville, local police said.
National Rifle Association (NRA) spokeswoman Dana Loesch on Sunday called for an end or adjustment to gun-free zones in the wake of a shooting at a Jacksonville, Fla. entertainment center that bans firearms on the premises.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office identified the shooter as David Katz, 24, of Baltimore, and said they found his body near those of his two alleged victims at The Landing, a popular riverside shopping and dining location.
Nine others sustained gunshot wounds and two people were hurt fleeing the area, Sheriff Mike Williams said. A search was underway. "Please don't come running out". They have, however, confirmed that there are multiple fatalities. and multiple others have been transported to a hospital. He killed two people and left 11 others wounded before killing himself.
President Trump has not yet reacted to the incident, but his daughter Ivanka tweeted: "As we await further details, our hearts are with Jacksonville and all those affected by today's tragic mass shooting".
Ryan Alemon said he was in the bar when at least one gunman opened fire. "And all I can think about is getting my phone so I can text some of my family", Montagnino said, choking up with emotion.
Madden publisher and the host of the tournament, Electronic Arts, responded to the shooting on Twitter, saying "this is a frightful situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved". One Madden participant, Young Drini, was grazed in the hand and is away from the scene and safe, Complexity said.
Gjoka tweeted that he was hit in the thumb when the tournament "got shot up".
Shay Kivlen, the 2018 Madden Bowl Champion, posted a tribute to Clayton on Twitter, describing him as "one of my best friends in life". She said she saw Katz take aim at his victims.
"The tourney just got shot up", Gjoka tweeted shortly after 1:30 p.m.
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.
The GLHF Game Bar - GLHF stands for good luck, have fun - bills itself online as "Jacksonville's home for gamers and nerds alike". He had played football at two of his high schools and was seen as a rising star in the increasingly lucrative eSports field.