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.
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.
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.
Breaking: The shooter was a gamer who was competing in the tournament and lost, one of the competitors told the L.A. Times https://t.co/zsHA2Z6KpJ
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) August 26, 2018
Professional NBA 2K player Tim "LARRY2K" Anselimo was shot three times, but confirmed via Twitter that he has survived, requiring surgery.
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".
Complexity is not one of the event organizers in Jacksonville. We are a professional gaming team that had a player at the event. Thankfully, our player is fine and only suffered a small injury.@CNN @CBSMiami @fox6now
— Complexity Gaming (@Complexity) August 26, 2018
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.
I am literally so lucky. The bullet hit my thumb
— Drini Gjoka (@Drini) August 26, 2018
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.
This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved.
— Madden NFL 20 (@EAMaddenNFL) August 26, 2018