‘He lost & went crazy’: Witnesses describe killing spree at Florida video game tournament
Authorities have yet to establish the exact motive behind the senseless violence, but the sheriff’s office confirmed that, indeed, the “suspect was there for the competition.”
One of the first people to speak out after the incident was Drini Gjkoa, a participant at the Madden tournament who tweeted that he was “literally so lucky” after a bullet hit his thumb.
I am literally so lucky. The bullet hit my thumb— Drini Gjoka (@YoungDrini) August 26, 2018
Another witness, Steven ‘Steveyj’ Javaruski, told The Los Angeles Times that the shooter was a competitor who lost. He tweeted that he was “safe” but “broken over this.”
Thank god I’m safe but I’m broken over this— Noble SteveyJ (@ImSteveyJ) August 26, 2018
Another unnamed witness also told Fox News that the shooter was apparently a gamer, stating that he “went crazy and started shooting up the room” after losing. The witness added that he’d been outside making a phone call when the shots began, and that he saw people fighting to get out of the area, prompting him to run from the scene.
Ryan Aleman, who traveled from Texas to play in the tournament, told CNN that he hid in the bathroom when the shooting broke out.
“As I was going in the restroom, I stayed in there, and I just heard - there was just so many gunshots, at least 20 of them at the most,” he said. “I’m still shocked, I can hardly talk.”
Another contestant who was on his way to the tournament told WJAX-TV said that “it could have been me, it could have been any one of us.”
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