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2 dead in shooting at video game event in US Mall, gunman kills himself
Posted on: 27-08-2018 , 12:07:PM | DY365 Bureau

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 August 27, 2018: At least three people are dead and 11 injured after a gunman opened fire Sunday afternoon during a video game tournament in Florida that drew professional players from around the world.

The gunman, who police said shot himself, was among the dead. Authorities identified him as David Katz, a 24-year-old man from Baltimore.

The shooting occurred at the "Madden NFL 19" competition at Jacksonville Landing, a popular waterfront shopping and dining area in the heart of downtown Jacksonville, Florida. Authorities said they received a 911 call at 1:34 p.m. alerting them to a shooting at Chicago Pizza, the mall restaurant hosting the tournament. Officers arrived two minutes later.

Jacksonville County Sheriff Mike Williams said officers found three people dead at the scene, including the gunman. At least 11 victims were taken to hospitals, nine with gunshot wounds and two who were injured while fleeing, Williams said.

Williams said the gunman was attending the competition and took his own life but added that he did not know the motive or if the shooter knew the victims.

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Sunday evening were searching a house in Baltimore identified in public records as home to the Katz family. At 9 p.m., agents emerged from the house, carrying a small box and a bag, which they loaded into an unmarked minivan.

Matt Munoz, 30, who works in information technology, and Cameron Stearns, 33, have lived next door to the house for eight years. They said they saw David Katz when he was younger and in school but not as much as he got older. They said the last time they saw him was a month or two ago.

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