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Jacksonville sheriffs identify shooter as David Katz of Baltimore: He came back and ‘started blasting everybody’

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Jacksonville shooter David Katz of Baltimore

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department, the shooter who attacked fellow players at the Madden Tournament Sunday was David Katz of Baltimore, Maryland.

The 24-year-old, who fatally shot himself as well as several others, was described as a “disgruntled” gamer who’d been in the tournament in the past, according to Fox News’ reporter Rick Leventhal. The man had used handles like Bread, mrslicedbread, ravenschamp and ravens2012champ in other Madden competitions. A streaming video of the contest showed the moment live.

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The GLHF Gaming Bar is inside of Chicago Pizza at The Jacksonville Landing. The tournament part of a nationwide gaming tournament that would culminate in Las Vegas, where the first place prize is $125,000. Sunday’s event was the first qualifier, Heavy.com reported.

One witness told The Los Angeles Times that the shooter had played earlier and lost. He then came back to the event and “targeted a few people” before he ultimately shot himself.

Javaris Long, who also witnessed the horror unfold, told The Tampa Bay Times that Katz was “nerdy” and seemed to get angry after he lost. So, he went to his car, got a gun, came back and “started blasting everybody.”

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I am literally so lucky. The bullet hit my thumb. Worst day of my life. I will never take anything for granted ever again. Life can be cut short in a second,” tweeted Drini Gjoka, another gamer present.

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According to The Baltimore Sun, police went to Katz’s home in Baltimore as part of the investigation.

“We are assisting our partner law enforcement agencies with some information that has led authorities to Baltimore,” Baltimore Police spokesman T.J. Smith said.

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“I’ve spoken to @JSOPIO Mike Williams to offer any state resources he may need. FDLE is currently responding, and I have spoken to FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen regarding the shooting in Jacksonville. We will continue to receive updates from law enforcement,” tweeted Florida Governor Rick Scott Sunday.

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“Just spoke with @POTUS regarding the shooting at the Jacksonville Landing. He offered any federal resources needed to respond. FDLE and the Florida Highway Patrol are currently assisting local law enforcement,” he later added.

You can see video of Katz playing in a 2017 tournament below:


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‘There is a better way’: George W Bush breaks his silence to speak out against ‘tragic failures’

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On Tuesday, former President George W. Bush issued a statement on the killing of George Floyd and the ensuing nationwide protests.

"It is time for America to examine our tragic failures — and as we do, we will also see some of our redeeming strengths," wrote Bush. "It remains a shocking failure that many African Americans, especially young African American men, are harassed and threatened in their own country. It is a strength when protesters, protected by responsible law enforcement, march for a better future."

"America's greatest challenge has long been to unite people of very different backgrounds into a single nation of justice and opportunity," wrote Bush. "The doctrine and habits of racial superiority, which once nearly split our country, still threaten our Union ... The heroes of America — from Fredrick Douglass, to Harriet Tubman, to Abraham Lincoln, to Martin Luther King, Jr. — are heroes of unity. Their calling has never been for the fainthearted. They often revealed the nation's disturbing bigotry and exploitation — stains on our character sometimes difficult for the American majority to examine. We can only see the reality of America's need by seeing it through the eyes of the threatened, oppressed, and disenfranchised."

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Horseback riding club rolls into Houston protests to stand in solidarity with protesters

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Horses are raising a hoof to support Black Lives Matter protesters in Houston, Texas Tuesday.

After several nights of protests, an urban trail riding club, Nonstop Riders, joined the efforts

“We’re here representing for all our black brothers and sisters," said Marcus Johnson, sitting atop his horse.

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As the riders fists stretched toward the blue Texas sky, the protest crowd broke into cheers and applause.

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Brianna Noble did the same at the protests Friday, sitting atop Dapper Dan, leading a crowd of protesters.

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Brazil’s Yanomamis say endangered by miners spreading coronavirus

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Brazil's Yanomami indigenous people on Tuesday demanded the government of President Jair Bolsonaro expel illegal goldminers from its territory to protect their communities from the spread of the coronavirus.

Three Yanomami people have died so far of COVID-19 and there are growing fears the pandemic could wipe out thousands of Brazil's 27,000 Yanomamis if they become widely exposed to the disease.

"The miners are entering the Yanomami indigenous land with COVID-19 contamination." said Dario Kopenawa, leader of the Hutukara Yanomami Association.

"It is a very serious situation for the Yanomami and that is why we are campaigning so that non-indigenous people worry about our situation. The coronavirus can kill many Yanomami," he said.

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