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Two killed in shooting at Jacksonville Madden video game tournament

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It is with a heavy heart that I type this news today as last night something terrible shook the video game industry. During a Madden NFL 19 qualifying tournament last night in Jacksonville Florida, a gamer opened fire killing two people and injuring 11 others. According to the reports, the shooter in question was 24-year-old David Katz from Baltimore. Police report that Katz died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound from the same weapon he used to kill the two attendees and injure others. 

Authorities said that nine victims, seven of which had gunshots wounds were transported to the hospital and were in stable condition. The Madden NFL 19 Classic Qualifying Tournament was taking place at the GLHF Game Bar which is located inside Chicago Pizza. The tournament was being streamed on Twitch before being pulled offline after the shootout began. According to authorities, Katz was participating in the tournament and after he lost his qualifier he turned on the crowd of over 200 people and the other players involved. 

EA Sports released an official statement regarding the events in which they expressed their deepest condolences to the families of the lost players

We are aware of an incident at a sanctioned Madden Championship Series competition in Jacksonville. We are working with authorities to gather facts at this stage. This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved. Our most heartfelt sympathies go out to the families of the victims whose lives were taken today and those who were injured," spokesman Brad Hilderbrand said. "All of us at Electronic Arts are devastated by this horrific event, and we also join the community in thanking the first responders who were quickly on the scene.

Thoughts and prayers keep coming in from all over the world after this tragic event which has once again shed the light on American gun laws. To have an innocent esports tournament end in such a disaster is truly horrific. 

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