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EA cancels remaining Madden Classic qualifier tournaments after fatal shooting

Law enforcement officials investigate a shooting in the GLHF Game Bar where 2 people were shot and killed before the gunman killed himself at the Jacksonville Landing on August 27, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. The shooting occurred at the GLHF Game Bar during a Madden 19 video game tournament. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The CEO of EA says he will cancel the remaining Madden Classic qualifier events after two people were fatally shot and 10 others injured at a “Madden NFL 19” tournament in Jacksonville, Florida.

In a statement Monday evening Andrew Wilson said, “We have made a decision to cancel our three remaining Madden Classic qualifier events while we run a comprehensive review of safety protocols for competitors and spectators. We will work with our partners and our internal teams to establish a consistent level of security at all of our competitive gaming events.”

Sheriff Mike Williams said 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore specifically targeted fellow gamers attending the tournament on Sunday before killing himself.