EA cancels Madden esports qualifying events in wake of tragedy

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David Katz was hospitalized at least twice, but Daniel Webster, who directs the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, says his treatment wasn't enough to disqualify him.

Electronic Arts has announced that it is cancelling its planned Madden Classic esports qualifier events, following a fatal shooting at the company's qualifier in Jacksonville, Florida over the weekend. His family spoke to reporters earlier Monday.

In the wake of Sunday's tragedy in Jacksonville, Electronic Arts is cancelling some of its pro Madden esports events coming up in the immediate future.

"To have it all ruined in one second by someone who just went over the edge, for whatever reason, it doesn't really matter, that's absolutely terrible", said Davis. Tragically, one competitor took failure to qualify personally and returned to the venue with a firearm before opening fire on the crowd.

Both Clayton "Trueboy" and Robertson "SpotmePlzzz" were competitive Madden players, each having their own history within Madden tournaments.

"@SirusTheVirusTV and @fitzmagic13 dad are heroes", said pro "Madden" player Jokeeee. "Their love of competition was evident through their participation in our events over the past few years".

"It's tough man. You think playing video games you'll be safe", said Almashni. "I've been shot. I'm shot,"' said the person who took the video.

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"You could hear people crying", player and survivor Ryen Aleman told NPR.

Later, the office confirmed that shooting took place at the gaming event, adding that the first 911 call came in at 1:34 p.m. local time.

Sunday's terrible incident was supposed to have been one of four qualifiers for the Madden Classic, the first major event of the Madden pro circuit's Madden Championship Series (MCS).

"I saw this picture of him in a Titans jersey, and found out he was a fan", Henry said while showing the photo on his phone. "However, at this point, we believe he only fired one handgun during the incident", said Williams.

"That's the kind of community we are, and we're so blessed and so fortunate to live here and to have people to lean on when something so senseless and tragic as this happens", Evans said.

He said the two ran to a nearby restaurant where workers were waving people in, hiding in a bathroom until police arrived.

Experts say the gunman's history of mental illness apparently would not have stopped him from buying guns in Maryland, where buyers can not pass a background check if they were either involuntarily committed for any period of time or voluntarily admitted to a psychiatric facility for at least 30 consecutive days.

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