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The XPLoot Team would like to send our condolences to the friends and families of those affected in this horrible tragedy. Let’s all take this time to remind ALL gamers that at the end of the day it’s GAME, it’s supposed to be FUN, when it stops being fun then its time to move on to something different, not something violent.

Note: We didn’t want to post anything on this until ALL the facts were out. As many news sources were changing their information by the minute\hour.


A gunman opened fire at a Madden Championship Series tournament event in Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday 8/26/2018.

At the first event during the Madden tournament season, a gunman opened fire on the crowd, firing at least a dozen shots, per a clip of the Twitch broadcast shared on Twitter.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has since issued a public statement on the incident, confirming that police found three dead at the scene, including the suspect who took his own life.

According to Sheriff Mike Williams nine victims were transported to area hospitals, and seven of them had gunshot wounds. Two additional victims self-transported themselves to local hospitals. Williams advised the press that this number may change if they learn of other victims who may have self-transported themselves to hospital from the scene, but added the known victims “are all in a stable condition at this time.” One participant, Drini Gjoka, tweeted that he’d been hit in the thumb by a bullet. Chris McFarland, another attendee, tweeted he’d been taken to hospital after a bullet grazed his head.

“The single suspect in this case is a white male, and this is pending confirmation, but we believe the suspect to be 24-year-old David Katz from Baltimore, Maryland,” said Williams. “The FBI is assisting us with that leg of the investigation in Baltimore.”

 

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A search of the suspect’s vehicle is pending, and Jacksonville police are urging anyone in the area with information about where the suspect may have stayed the night prior to the tournament to come forward.

The LA Times reports that “the shooter was a gamer who was competing in the tournament and lost,” per their interview with tournament participant Steven Javaruski. From that same conversation in the LA Times report, “The shooter ‘targeted a few people’ and shot at least five victims before killing himself.”

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has been sharing updates on its Twitter feed.

EA Sports initially told IGN, “We are aware of an incident at a sanctioned Madden Championship Series competition in Jacksonville. We are working with authorities to gather facts at this stage, [but] this is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved.” The company sent out an additional statement Sunday evening after more information from police came in, saying, “The tragic situation that occurred Sunday in Jacksonville was a senseless act of violence that we strongly condemn. Our most heartfelt sympathies go out to the families of the victims whose lives were taken today and those who were injured. All of us at Electronic Arts are devastated by this horrific event, and we also join the community in thanking the first responders who were quickly on the scene. Our focus right now is on those affected, and supporting law enforcement as they continue their investigation into this crime.”

Popular streamer Ninja expressed his condolences on Twitter, saying, “My heart goes out to the family, friends and people affected by the Madden shooting today. Evil times we live in, just need to out shine that evil with positivity. Love you all.”

 

Excerpt from the NY POST:

The men killed during a shooting at a video gaming tournament were talented players – on the screen as well as on the field.

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Elijah Clayton, 21, and Taylor Robertson, 27, were both football stars in high school and later became successful pro-gamers.

They died Sunday after being shot by David Katz, a fellow gamer who had been eliminated from the competition at a Madden tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, authorities said. Katz then killed himself.

Clayton played football at Chaminade College Preparatory in Los Angeles before transferring to Calabasas High School in 2013, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“He was always good at games and he felt like he could go somewhere with it,” said Jojo McIntosh, who played football with Clayton. “I know he was at the top of what he was doing.”

After high school, Clayton – known by the handle “Trueboy” — was able to make a career out of playing the Madden NFL video game at high-level tournaments.

He placed second at a recent competition called Muthead – and earned a share of the $20,000 prize.

“If you knew the competitive Madden scene, you knew him,” said Dayne Downey, a fan of Clayton’s and an NBA 2K League player.

Clayton was “the best Madden player this year,” his gaming friend Damon Kirk said. “He probably would have walked away with a half a million dollars.”

The winner of the Madden Classic 2017 was Robertson, a husband and dad-of-one from West Virginia.

Robertson also played football – as a running back at James Monroe High School, Metro News reported. He graduated in 2009.

An avid gamer, Robertson – who went by the name “Spotmeplzz” – had played 18 games as part of the Madden community and won 72 percent of them. He died exactly three months shy of his 28th birthday.

”I looked up to him so much when I was little as did most boys in Peterstown,” Monroe County resident Andrew Evans wrote on Facebook. “He loved his family more than anything.”

Two people were injured fleeing the area, the sheriff said.

Authorities have not officially released the names of the two victims who were killed, but their names have been widely reported by witnesses and gaming community members as Eli “trueboy” Clayton, 22, and Taylor “SpotMePlzzz” Robertson, 27. Both were competitive Madden players, and Robertson had won the Madden Classic tournament in 2017.

 

On Monday, Memorial Hospital released the names of four surviving victims it treated:

— George Amadeo II, 17, is in good condition.

— David Echevarria, 28, was treated for minor injuries and released.

— Alexander Madunic, 27, is in good condition after a gunshot wound to the foot.

— Christopher McFarland, 31, is in good condition after a bullet graze to the head.

Timothy Anselimo’s mother tweeted a photo of Gov. Rick Scott visiting the wounded gamer at his hospital bed.

 

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