Published: Tue, August 28, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Electronic Arts Cancels Remaining Madden Qualifiers After Shooting Tragedy

Electronic Arts Cancels Remaining Madden Qualifiers After Shooting Tragedy

"We are shocked and deeply saddened by the senseless violence in Jacksonville and the tragic deaths of Dot City Gaming team member, Taylor "SpotMePlzzz" Robertson, and Eli "True" Clayton", Robertson's gaming sponsor said in a two-part tweet.

In recent weeks, Katz legally purchased the two handguns he carried from a gun store in Baltimore, the sheriff said.

A video clip circulating after the Madden shooting in Jacksonville, Florida appears to show a red laser pointer landing on one gamer and captured screams and the sounds of gunfire.

Jacksonville authorities confirmed in a news conference that Katz was from Maryland and said he had traveled to Florida for the Madden tournament.

The Sheriff's Office officially released the information on August 27, a day after the horrific event took place. He attended Calabsas High during the 2013-2014 school year, KABC reports. Police said they were searching Katz's vehicle to understand his actions prior to the incident.

Robertson, 28, of Ballard, West Virginia, was well known in the competitive Madden scene and had racked up over $80,000 since 2016.

According to police, the gunman took his own life. "When our community was directly impacted by the shooting in Annapolis this summer, I said that more than silent reflection is needed to end the epidemic of gun violence in our country, and I will say the again today", Loh said in a written statement.

Sheriff Mike Williams said 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore specifically targeted fellow gamers attending the tournament before killing himself.

The suspect, David Katz, went by the gamer name "Bread" and had won Madden eSports tournaments in 2017.

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On his verified Twitter profile, Anselimo said: "Devastated".

"I was actually one of the people who beat him", the gamer told Action News Jax.

Anselimo was shot three times - once through the chest where the bullet lodged near his armpit; near his hip where the bullet tore straight through; and in his hand, where a passed through while injuring his thumb and middle finger. "We let him play 20 hours on TV because he wasn't in the street". "He's been doing this since he was little", Lopez told reporters at University of Florida Health Jacksonville, where her son remains hospitalized.

By Monday, Anselino was the lone victim still in hospital care, officials said. Early on, she said she was concerned by how much time he spent in front of the television, but his father pointed out that there were worse ways for a young man to spend his time. He's hurt. He just said before he went into surgery, he said he can't believe it happened to him.

"To have someone walk into an event like this that's all about good sportsmanship and teamwork and just good vibes, and do something like this, it's heartbreaking", he said.

After the shooting, Williams said Jacksonville authorities would be examining security at the Landing.

A gaming rival of the man blamed for a deadly shooting rampage at a video game tournament says he's baffled that anyone he had competed against online would resort to bloodshed.

The video clip horrified people who saw it. "A lot of us, we play Madden to get out of the real world".

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