SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – People around the country are reacting to the shooting Sunday that left two dead and 11 injured at a “Madden NFL 19” tournament in Jacksonville, Florida.
Including gamers in Vermont.
Jamie Danaher, co-owner of the Vermont Gaming Club in South Burlington, called the shooting “a sad day.
“You never want to hear that anyone’s life is cut short,” he said, “especially doing something that they love.”
Police say 24 year-old David Katz was at the GLHF Game Bar in Jacksonville when he opened fire, killing two and injuring nine before turning the gun on himself.
Professional gamer Tyler Blevins, more commonly known by his screen-name Ninja, tweeted “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.”
Danaher said he was encouraged by how the gaming community reacted to the tragedy.
“I think it’s great that people are coming together and speaking out, showing the positive side of gaming,” Danaher said. “I think it’s really important that focus gets brought up. There’s been a lot of negative press for gaming lately, and we feel that’s not true, there’s just as much good if not more.”
CNN reported Monday that the suspect specifically targeted other gamers in his shooting spree, and his motives are currently under investigation.