Two people died and nine more were injured in a shooting yesterday, as 24-year-old David Katz opened fire with a handgun at a Madden NFL tournament before taking his own life. As yet unconfirmed reports suggest that he had just been knocked out of the tournament being held at GLHF Game Bar in Jacksonville, Florida, with $165,000 and qualification to the finals in Las Vegas at stake.
Katz was the 2017 winner of the same tournament, but the investigation into events is ongoing, as FBI agents have since raided his house. However, as security efforts have notably stepped up over the last two years at large video game events, witnesses describe a lack of security checks for those in attendance.
While video games have often been fingered for perpetuating gun culture and violence in the US and across the world, this is the first time that I’m aware of a shooting at a video game event such as this.
As a UK website, all we can offer are our thoughts to go out to those affected by this tragedy, but we also implore our readers in the US to do what they can to campaign and vote for greater regulation and background checks on firearms. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is just one such movement, but there are plenty more.
via The Independent