On Sunday, August 26, a mass shooting took place in Florida. The incident took place at an eSports tournament in Jacksonville. Sadly, three people were killed and many others injured.
According to USA Today, 3 people were killed and 11 injured in the attack. Authorities immediately began searching for a motive as the lone shooter had shot and killed himself as well.
The shooter was 24-year-old David Katz. Some witnesses revealed that they thought Katz got overly upset after losing an intense game in the competition. The Madden NFL 19 video game tournament was held in an entertainment complex, and this attack caused gamers around the nation to advocate for more restrictions in the future.
Joey Cuellar, the tournament director, said, "It's very clear that we need to be more proactive for 2019 and beyond. The amount of undercover law enforcement at Evo was unprecedented, and we will be installing metal detectors for ALL days next year."
The victims in the attack were 22-year-old Eli Clayton from California and 27-year-old Taylor Robertson from West Virginia. According to Reuters, they had both competed in the tournament and had seen a lot of success. Nine other people were injured by gunfire while two others were injured while fleeing the scene. Katz' body was reportedly found next to the two victims.
Many believe that there was no motive beyond the fact that Katz may have lost and took out his extreme anger against his rivals. According to Reuters, Robertson had won the tournament last year while Katz won it the year before.
Gamer Tony Montagnino described the horrific attack.
He said, "Never in a million years would I have thought I would get shot playing John Madden football...it can happen anywhere...I saw the flashes from the gun and at that point I just went into survival mode and just wanted to make sure I was out of there."
He continued, saying that the two victims did not die alone, but rather with a community supporting them.
He said, "They died with family. And they died with a brotherhood who loved them and they died loving what they do."
Please be praying for the loved ones of the victims and for everyone traumatized by this attack. Share your prayers here! In other recent news, an AGT judge just made a heartwrenching announcement about entering rehab.