Shooting shock waves felt in Omaha gaming community

Arturo Kim
August 28, 2018

The suspected shooter, who used at least one handgun, was identified as 24-year-old David Katz from Baltimore, Maryland.

Investigators say the suspect in a deadly shooting at a Florida video game tournament specifically targeted other gamers.

It's a pattern that has unfolded again in a public space in the same state that was the site of the Parkland shooting that killed 17 people earlier this year, as well as the 2016 Pulse nightclub attack that left 49 dead and the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting that killed five in 2017. He had played football at two of his high schools and was seen as a rising star in the increasingly lucrative eSports field. Police also took up positions on a bridge overlooking the river.

Pettijohn said Clayton made a good living playing in video game tournaments and was saving money for college.

How did the shooting happen?

After several shots ring out, people can be heard screaming, and one person cries out, "Oh f**, what'd he shoot me with?"

People fled for shelter and Swat teams checked the area. They say one person was treated for a "non-gunshot-related" injury. Police said they were in possession of footage capturing the incident.

A gunman opened fire Sunday at an online video game tournament that was being livestreamed from a Florida mall, killing multiple people and sending many others to hospitals, authorities said.

Sky News Action Jax television station also reported that four people had been killed and 11 others had been wounded. David Katz, from Baltimore, was the lone suspect.

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He was the victor of at least one Madden championship, in 2017. "He's not here to make friends". "He's all business, he's focused" and that getting him to talk about anything was like "pulling teeth".

On Sunday evening, the Federal Bureau of Investigation searched the suspect's home.

"Jason Lake, founder and CEO of compLexity Gaming, a professional gaming company that Gjoka was a member of, said he was" cooperating with the authorities and we will be flying him out of Jacksonville as soon as we are given the green light from the officials on the ground". The bullet hit my thumb.

Taylor Poindexter from Chicago said she saw the gunman taking aim at people in the room. "I was so scared, angry and sad".

Madden competitor Derek Jones told Associated Press news agency: "I'm glad I lost today". Then: "I am literally so lucky".

The event was the Southeastern Qualifier for the Madden NFL Championship Series for Madden NFL 19, according to the bar's Facebook page.

The leading players would progress to a Madden Classic round of 16 in Las Vegas in October.

The boom in eSports has caught the attention of such sports groups as Federation Internationale de Football Association and the NBA, who boast popular video games and leagues, and eSports is a demonstration sport in the Asian Games now ongoing in Jakarta, expected to move to full medal status in 2022.

Leaders in the esports world called on organizers to increase security at the events, which have become increasingly popular for the past several years.

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