Blog note: Jesus indicated that one (of many) signs of the end times or the end of the age grace would be that love for one another would grow cold. Matthew 24:12, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” This can also be interpreted that lawlessness will abound. This includes violence, murder, terrorism, mass shootings, mass knife attacks, car/van attacks, chemical attacks and other similar acts of destructive and evil behavior. Yes, these things have occurred in time past. But consider the frequency, intensity and devastation of these types of attacks and mass school shootings. They are like birth pangs in frequency and intensity. This is just one part of the CONVERGENCE or CONVERGING of signs. End of note
POLICE IDENTIFY JACKSONVILLE SHOOTER
3 dead, 11 injured during video-game tournament
Police in Florida have identified a Maryland man as the shooter who killed himself and two others at a video-game tournament Sunday at Jacksonville Landing in Jacksonville. Officials say David Katz, 24, of Baltimore opened fire at the the Good Luck and Have Fun Game Bar during a Madden 19 NFL football tournament.
At least nine others were shot in the attack, which, according to witnesses, began after the gunman had just lost in the tournament. Two other individuals were injured in the subsequent panic. All were listed in stable condition. Reports say Katz killed himself with the semi-auto handgun used in the shooting, which had a laser sight.
“We have no outstanding suspects at this time. No outstanding suspects,” Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said at a news conference. “We have one suspect in this case. He is deceased at the scene.”
“Initially we thought it was a balloon popping, but there weren’t any balloons in the room,” Marquis Williams, who had taken part in the tournament earlier, told Fox News. “Then we heard repeat shots and we took off running.” He added: “The first shot everybody just turned and looked. After the second, third and fourth shots, everybody took off and ran for the exits.”
Police had urged everyone to stay away from the area because it was not safe. Witnesses said they saw several people being taken out on stretchers.
One woman said she and her son were inside the game when a man pulled a gun and started shooting. “It’s scary that you could be having a good time and someone just starts shooting,” she said.
One witness at the gaming event told Fox News that someone who was competing in the tournament lost and “went crazy and started shooting up the room.”
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office tweeted: “Mass shooting at the Jacksonville Landing. Stay far away from the area. The area is not safe at this time. STAY AWAY.”
In online video of the incident, players can be seen reacting to the gunfire and cries can be heard before the footage cuts off. Just before the shots were heard, a red laser dot appeared on the chest of one of the players, who was wearing white headphones and a red sweatshirt.
Sujeil Lopez was at home in Tampa Bay, Florida when she got a call that her son Larry, 25, had been shot. “I have to get to him,” she told a reporter. “I am four hours away from him and I have to get to my son. He was shot three times, once on the nipple, once on his hand and somewhere else.”
Her son is a professional video game player for the Bucks Gaming team, according to his Twitter profile. Another gamer, Drini Gjoka, said on Twitter that a bullet struck him in a thumb. “The tourney just got shot up,” he tweeted. “I’m leaving and never coming back. 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.”