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Jacksonville Shooting Survivor Sues EA, Event Organizers

A survivor of the recent Jacksonville shooting is pressing charges against EA and event organizers. Credit: Facebook/EA

One of the Jacksonville shooting victims has filed a lawsuit against EA and Madden NFL Tournament organizers.
Following the incident that left three dead and 11 wounded, Jacob Mitich is pressing charges against EA and the organizers of the event where the shooting took place. Reports note that Mitich was shot twice during the event. As a result, he wants to seek damages after EA and the venue “failed to provide a safe and secure environment.”

James Young, the plaintiff’s legal representative, revealed that Mitich and his peers’ trust was misplaced when the attacker was able to enter the tournament while carrying a firearm and no armed security was guarding the site.

Young explained that the purpose of the lawsuit is to “hold those responsible accountable and to ensure that gamers like Jake are able to get together to pursue their passion without having to fear for their lives”.

USA Today reports Mitich is not the sole survivor who’s planning to press charges. Morgan & Morgan – a personal injury law firm – already has a number of clients who say they have suffered emotional/physical trauma after the incident. They also said those clients are preparing to file lawsuits as a response.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s office, 24-year-old David Katz targeted his fellow competitors after losing a game last weekend. He fatally shot dead Elijah Clayton, 22, and Taylor Robertson, 27, before turning the gun on himself.

“We’ve all been deeply affected by what took place in Jacksonville,” EA CEO Andrew Wilson said in a press release on Tuesday. “This is the first time we’ve had to confront something like this as an organization, and I believe the first time our gaming community has dealt with a tragedy of this nature.”

EA has since postponed the three qualifying events for the Madden NFL 19 Classic as organizers reassess security plans. A new schedule for the next events has yet to be announced.

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