Gunman Kills Two People At Florida Madden Tournament

Posted On: 8/27/2018

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JACKSONVILLE, FL -- A gunman opened fire yesterday during a tournament for competitive players of the popular Madden 19 NFL football videogame at the GLF Game Bar here, killing two people and wounding at least nine others before killing himself.

On Aug. 26, shortly after 1:30 p.m., players had gathered at the bar, located at Jacksonville Landing, a waterfront dining and shopping area, when David Katz, a 24-year-old gamer from Baltimore, MD, reportedly opened fire.

People on social media participating in the tournament reported hearing gunshots during the livestream of the tournament on the platform Twitch. A video surfaced on social media showing players disconnecting from the game as gunshots were heard in the background.

The event was the Southeastern Qualifier for the Madden NFL Championship Series for Madden NFL 18, according to the bar's Facebook page.

EA Sports, the digital interactive entertainment company that produces the Madden videogame and that sanctioned the tournament tweeted that the company was "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."

Katz reportedly went by the gaming naming "Bread" and won Madden tournaments in 2017. In February 2017, the Buffalo Bills tweeted a photo of him after he won the Madden 17 Bills Championship that read "Congrats to David Katz, the Madden 17 Bills Championship winner! Thanks for following along, Bills fans."