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Police have identified the suspect in a mass shooting at an online gaming tournament in Florida that was partially captured on a horrifying livestream.

David Katz, 24, killed himself and two others, and left 11 people injured in the chaotic shooting at the Jacksonville Landing complex in Jacksonville at around 1.34pm on Sunday, police said.

Nine of the non-fatal injuries were gunshot wounds and two were sustained while fleeing the chaos, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said.

Williams said that Katz is from Baltimore and had traveled to Jacksonville for the video gaming tournament. His car was seized by police near the scene.

Katz is known to have gone by the gamer monikers ‘Ravenschamp’ and ‘Bread’.

An official close to the investigation said that the gunman killed himself with the semi-auto handgun used in the shooting, which had a laser sight.

Witnesses have said the shooter was a player who had just lost in the tournament.

On Sunday night, FBI and ATF agents raided a home linked to the shooter in the upscale Federal Hill neighborhood of South Baltimore.

The shooting broke out during the Madden 19 tournament at the Good Luck Have Fun video game room inside Chicago Pizza, a restaurant inside the shopping complex that sits on the north bank of the St John’s River.

In a livestream of the tournament, one of the players is seen with a dot that appears to be a laser pointer dancing on his chest and neck seconds before shots and screams are heard, and the feed cuts out.

Police arrived on the scene within two minutes of receiving the first 911 calls at 1.34pm, Sheriff Williams said.

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President Donald Trump has offered local officials any resources they need in responding to the shooting, according to Florida Governor Rick Scott, who was en route to the scene on Sunday evening.

One witness told CNN he saw the gunman shoot multiple people before killing himself and that it appeared he had a laser sight on the gun to help him target victims.

Horrifying livestream audio from the tournament captured the screams of players as the gunfire erupted while two young men were playing in the championship series.

The commentators could be heard going silent as the first gunshots were fired and people began screaming.

The stream then cut out and a message appeared saying ‘controller disconnected’.

Witnesses said people trampled each other while fleeing the gunfire.

Marquis Williams, 20, says he and his girlfriend, Taylor Poindexter, both from Chicago, were ordering pizza close by when shots erupted. He said Sunday that he didn’t think it was gunfire at first.

Says Williams: ‘Initially we thought it was a balloon popping, but there weren’t any balloons in the room. Then we heard repeat shots and we took off running.’

Williams had participated earlier Sunday in the gaming tournament where authorities say a mass shooting claimed multiple fatalities. He says he got a view of the back of the shooter in a green shirt.

He describes people running in the panic to escape. He says it was then that he scuffed his leg and that Poindexter was treated at a hospital for a sprained ankle. They later returned, hoping to retrieve her cell phone, but the scene was cordoned off by authorities.

One of the gamers in the tournament, Drini Gjoka, revealed his horror after he was shot in the hand and ran for his life.

‘The tourney just got shot up. I’m leaving and never coming back. I am literally so lucky. The bullet hit my thumb. Worst day of my life,’ he tweeted.

‘I will never take anything for granted ever again. Life can be cut short in a second.’

One gamer, Larry Legend, was shot three times in his chest and hand. His mother tweeted: ‘My son was shot 3 times please keep him in your prayers’.

‘@oLARRY2K was shot in chest and hand I was with him. I have his bag and phone. Plz retweet this to notify 2k community. He is at Florida Shands hospital. didn’t look life threatening to me but injured bad. I love you bro,’ fellow gamer BUCTILLIDIE tweeted.

Another witness, Ryan Alemon, told CNN he hid in the bathroom for about 10 minutes before fleeing the bar when he was certain the shooting was over.

‘Everyone was running, they were dropping because they were getting shot. I heard yelling, I heard ‘Help me, I’m shot’,’ he said.

‘As I was going in the restroom, I stayed in there, and I just heard – there was just so many gunshots, at least 20 of them at the most.’

For several hours after the shooting, officers worked finding people hiding in the area and urged people to remain calm, as they warned others to stay far away from the Jacksonville Landing.

Many hid in bathrooms of the Jacksonville Landing complex, trying to escape the carnage.

‘We are finding many people hiding in locked areas at The Landing,’ the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office tweeted.

‘We ask you to stay calm, stay where you are hiding. SWAT is doing a methodical search inside The Landing.

‘We will get to you. Please don’t come running out.’

By about 4.30pm, SWAT teams had cleared the Jacksonville Landing of potential victims and witnesses.

Multiple emergency crews were spotted on the scene and police barricaded a three-block radius around the mall.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry urged residents to avoid downtown on Sunday evening to allow police operations to proceed.

The Jacksonville Landing is an entertainment complex along the St Johns River, which includes restaurants and an indoor shopping mall.

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39 Comments

39 Comments

  1. Crystal Fenton

    August 27, 2018 at 3:22 am

    Looks like it’s time to outlaw video games…

    • Phynius Phartwinkle

      August 27, 2018 at 3:34 am

      But… But… It’s a “Gun Free Zone!!” Can’t those gamers read the signs??
      Shotter:
      Not an NRA member.
      Registered DEMOCRAT.
      No surprises.

    • Edie Faylor

      August 27, 2018 at 4:36 am

      Will the democrats will now ban all laser sites????

    • Stern

      August 27, 2018 at 9:43 am

      Yea, because he beat these poor people to death with the cd case of the football game they were playing…

      fucking idiot.

  2. Rocky

    August 27, 2018 at 3:33 am

    Another mentally ill Snowflake goes off the deep end !

    • FlagranteDelicto

      August 27, 2018 at 4:00 am

      Yep, and his family will be interviewed on MSNBCiles, “he was a nice boy. Our son never got into trouble.

  3. John

    August 27, 2018 at 3:47 am

    The Cops were on the scene in 2 minutes? A lot of people can die in 2 minutes! If Someone with their own gun had been there…!

  4. Richard

    August 27, 2018 at 3:47 am

    I guess all those extra “lives” he saved up ain’t working now.

    • Troublemagnet

      August 27, 2018 at 6:26 pm

      Madden doesn’t have “lives” idiot.Go play Mario

  5. Deborah

    August 27, 2018 at 3:53 am

    Oh well just another day in the sewer we live in

  6. FlagranteDelicto

    August 27, 2018 at 3:58 am

    Well, now the #MSNBCiles will have an #AntiNRA Field day tomorrow morning.

  7. Barbara Constantino

    August 27, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Too many people think that video games are real life.

    • Ed

      August 27, 2018 at 4:28 am

      I know what you’re saying and it’s probably true with some of these kids. But, they were playing football here. Wish he’d have just brought a football and thrown that at the guy who beat him.

      Nonetheless, this seems to follow a familiar pattern. Introverted kid, looks like he’s on some kind of medication in all of the pics posted (we’ll see if that comes out, later).

      • Donald Task

        August 27, 2018 at 4:46 pm

        That will never come out. He’s def on something, which will never come out in the fake news.

      • William

        August 28, 2018 at 10:22 am

        @ED

        August 28, 2018 01:32 AM

        Updated 2 hours 43 minutes ago
        BALTIMORE

        The suspect in a deadly shooting at a Florida video game tournament had previously been hospitalized for mental illness, according to court records in his home state of Maryland reviewed by The Associated Press.

        Divorce filings from the parents of 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore say that as an adolescent he was twice hospitalized in psychiatric facilities and was prescribed antipsychotic and antidepressant medications.

        Read more here: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/article217434060.html#storylink=cpy

  8. Karin

    August 27, 2018 at 4:27 am

    I only have one comment for some of you. The games did not cause this tragedy. Anymore then the guns did. These items are inanimated objects that take a human to operate. Why do so many use this sort of rhetoric when it is the human element that is at fault. Particularly those who refuse to notice and accept that someone around them has gone off the deep end.

    • Edie Faylor

      August 27, 2018 at 4:38 am

      You are totally correct. If you have a young person who is not all there for whatever reason, these things will continue to happen. My semi automatic with a laser site never left the house to shoot anybody!

    • Martha G.

      August 27, 2018 at 5:04 pm

      I do wonder if the constant playing of video games can desensitize one to violence. Guns have been around forever, mental illness has been around forever, so has bullying, but not “mass shootings”. Just a thought that they might have some influence.

  9. Rebecca Holstine

    August 27, 2018 at 4:40 am

    What the heck is wrong with this generation of young people? They are so angry over everything. Time someone started taking a look at these people and find out why they have to kill and destroy if they don’t agree with someone, they are told no, can’t take disappointment, hear trigger words, need safe spaces. It is a real problem. I am happy my kids are grown and didn’t have these anger issues. They never had to set cars on fire, block roads, break windows. Beat up others, scream at the sky, fall apart over disappointment and the safest space they had was their bedroom with the door closed.

    • Tammy Berthaut

      August 27, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      Because they started having “everyone wins” and kids no longer know how to handle losing and disappointment. It is a basic life lesson and they decided they had to protect kids from it. All the older people over 40 can remember when they went to school and had PE, Field Day and other events where you won or lost different games and races. Some kids won ribbons and some didn’t. This taught you to not only to win but also how to lose and handle the disappointment. While its a nice thought to protect every kid from the disappointment of losing its not a good idea….They started “protecting” the kids from this about 10 years ago and since we have seen all these shootings.

  10. Joe

    August 27, 2018 at 4:45 am

    How did he shoot 14 printed single shot guns with only 2 hands and two trigger fingers ?

    • Rae

      August 27, 2018 at 7:19 am

      Best you reread the article. I saw no numbers to correspond with your post.

  11. John Lloyd Scharf

    August 27, 2018 at 5:21 am

    Soyboy’s are poor losers when they can’t control their toys.

  12. Donfitness

    August 27, 2018 at 7:12 am

    Are you there video games in prison?

  13. Dan

    August 27, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Another Millennial Liberal doing all of the shooting. Does anyone see a pattern here?

  14. Al

    August 27, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Another loser that could not stand losing. Sounds like the typical Democratic Party doesn’t it.

  15. Chuck

    August 27, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    Was just going to comment, Al, is it just me, or is there some parallel that can be drawn between your candidate losing an election and you losing a video game tournament? What an immature reaction to losing – taking away a 3 year old’s favorite toy at bedtime comes to mind.

  16. Bill

    August 27, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Over a video game !!!????? What is wrong with some people’s kids??? And now the media will go totally nuts over this one, and no body has any rights of protection, and there are no mental issues, and the laws of all states need to be remade, and the list just goes on and on and on. All of this media outrage over some twit having disrespect for life over a stupid game. Can’t wait for the media’s follow-up. Lil georgie snuffalupagus will fill peoples’ mouths with some really cute words on this one.

  17. Iftikhar Ahmad

    August 27, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks God the attacker is not Muslim, otherwise, he would be a terrorist and is an act of terrorism.White people shooting down other white people is a “skirmish”. Black people peacefully marching 30 days and rioting on one is called a murderous mob of thugs Where are all the white on white crime whiners?…”crickets” America…devolving to the wild west/mad maxistan… preventable? Yes, when the cancer of (every-man-for-himself, extreme individualistic selfishness, my-rights-or-a-bullet-at-you) is cured.

    Who says that America is not a terrorist state? America is terrorising the whole world while American citizens are victim of terrorism by their own people.

    Terrorism, the use of violence against civilians is not new and it is not unique to Islamic extremists. Though we are hyper-aware of this threat from groups that view themselves as the only true Muslims, let us not forget that assaults on civilians have been used widely throughout human existence and was a widespread occurrence in the last century. Dresden, The Holocaust, Biafra, Rwanda, Cambodia, Oklahoma City… None of these had anything to do with Islam. The problem is not that Islam harbours fanatics, that Europeans allow Muslim immigrants to dwell in impoverished ghettos, or that the Western Nations support despots to ensure access to the oil of the Middle East, though all are true. The problem is that people, and states, are all too willing to use violence to advance their own self-interest. Until we eschew violence, it will always be a weapon easily adopted by the least among us to strike at the privileged.

    Charlie Hebdo is a disgusting, racist and bigoted satirical publication that has been inviting such a tragedy for many years. What is the point of humour at the expense of others beliefs? The reason we’re not allowed to depict our Prophet graphically is through his own instruction. He did not want to be “idolized” in any way. He even said himself “I am just a man”. These terrorists have done the exact opposite – they have idolized him by claiming a false “vengeance”. Still, I despise Charlie Hebdo. They were asking for it knowing full well the state of extremism in the world today. Islamic terrorism has nothing to do with Islam, it has to do with societal problems. That makes sense. That is why we see so many non-Muslim, poor Latin Americans, Africans and Indians resorting to terrorism as a means to vent their anger, right?

    In Islam there is no commandment to kill people by making such allegations against them. The cartoonists had exercised their freedom of expression, and freedom of expression is totally allowed in Islam. Even during the Prophet’s time there were several instances of ridicule, however the Prophet and his Companions neither punished such persons nor asked anyone to do so. On every occasion of this kind, the Prophet’s Companions always tried to positively disseminate the message of Islam. They never tried to punish these people. The killing of those people who had published the cartoons is a gravely un-Islamic act in the name of Islam.
    IA
    http://www.londonschoolofislamics.org.uk

    • An American

      August 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm

      Keep trying Iftikhar. Waited for your opportunity to put that diatribe together.

  18. Mike Sutherland

    August 27, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Since when did 24 years old become a kid, I see a problem alright.

    • SammysDad

      August 27, 2018 at 2:55 pm

      A kid until 26 says Obama!

  19. Zeek

    August 27, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Killers will obey new gun laws like this moron obeyed the “gun-free” regulations at the venue where the shooting occurred.

  20. SammysDad

    August 27, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    These murders lay at the feet of those liberals who believe everyone gets a trophy. This guy’s entire life must have been built on this idea, and when he lost, he broke. It’s about time we teach our kids, life ain’t fair, you get opportunities and you have to make the best of them. You are not assured a trophy everyday of your life!

    • Martha Lawson

      August 27, 2018 at 3:51 pm

      I was thinking the same thing. I was taught if I didn’t win, I had two choices. Try harder or just quit. Killing the ones who beat me wasn’t the answer. The new generation is told they are winners. Everything is handed to them. They can’t accept the word no. If they fail in school the parents blame the teachers. If arrested it was either their friends fault or the cops were out to get them. Blame everyone but the kid. Tell him he is not at fault. Try this parents. Teach them two words. Respect and responsibility!!

  21. Marilyn

    August 27, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    We don’t have a problem with guns in this country. We have a problem with the entitled youth who thinks everything is owed to them and if they don’t get it they are going down and will take as many people down with them as they can.

  22. Don

    August 27, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    Obviously another punk raised by lousy parents. Typical of the left.

  23. ktuncia

    August 28, 2018 at 1:33 am

    Was he on anti-psycho drugs nearly every mass shooter not linked to islam is and we know they can create homicidal desires in a certain percentage of those taking them. It’s a listed possible side-effect even.

  24. William

    August 28, 2018 at 10:20 am

    August 28, 2018 01:32 AM

    Updated 2 hours 43 minutes ago
    BALTIMORE

    The suspect in a deadly shooting at a Florida video game tournament had previously been hospitalized for mental illness, according to court records in his home state of Maryland reviewed by The Associated Press.

    Divorce filings from the parents of 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore say that as an adolescent he was twice hospitalized in psychiatric facilities and was prescribed antipsychotic and antidepressant medications. Seems like a lot of these shooters are on meds!!

    Read more here: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/article217434060.html#storylink=cpy

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