Jacksonville, Florida, has become the scene of another mass shooting in America. The shooting took place at a Madden video gaming tournament. Three people are dead, including the shooter, who according to the police has taken his own life. The suspect has been identified by Sheriff Mike Williams of Jacksonville as David Katz of Baltimore. Reports are surfacing that the suspect was a gamer who lost to a player in an earlier tournament. Eleven people were injured as a result of the shooting. The tournament took place at The Landing a popular shopping center in Jacksonville.
According to data from the Gun Violence Archive, this brings the total of mass shootings in the United States to 233 for 2018.
Chilling video from a stream of the tournament provides audio during the moments right before the shooting happened to when gunshots were fired.
listening to the video, you can hear a man shouting in the background, screams, gunshots and a man asking “What did he shoot me with?”
We spoke with Chicagoan Marquis Williams, aka M1NE, who was at the tournament with his girlfriend and he shared his experience.
What were you doing right before the shooting started?
My girlfriend and I were sitting down to eat pizza.
How far away were you from the shooter?
We were 30-50 feet away from the shooter.
Was there more than one shooter?
There was only one shooter.
What was going on in your mind as this was happening?
Get to safety; run for our lives.
Talk about the feelings you have after being in the middle of this mass shooting.
It’s sad. I’m tired of watching news broadcasts of mass shootings and I never want to be a victim of this again. I’m just glad to be alive. My girlfriend and I are both blessed and she is doing as well as she can.
What words do you have for the government after your experience?
Words for the government: stop collecting checks, and do the job you were elected to do. What is it going to take for you guys to make a change?
— Eric Alvarez (@FCNEric) August 26, 2018