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Carrollton Madden Tournament Canceled After Jacksonville Shooting

Amy E. Gutierrez
Gamers compete during the Sony PlayStation Madden Tournament at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Aug. 8, 2009.

video game tournament scheduled for next month in Carrollton has been canceled after Sunday's deadly shooting at a Madden event in Jacksonville, Florida. 

Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts, the company behind the popular pro football video game, said in a statement that the firm decided to cancel the three remaining Madden Classic qualifier events to "run a comprehensive review of safety protocols for competitors and spectators."

Java Gaming Cafe on Old Denton Road in Carrollton told KERA in a statement via Facebook that the tournament is not important at this time, noting that the eSports community is grieving. 

The other two now-canceled Madden events were scheduled to take place in Santa Ana, California and Dulles, Virginia. 

The suspected gunman, 24-year-old David Katz, allegedly opened fire at the Madden tournament in Jacksonville, killing two people and wounding 10 others before killing himself. NPR reports the two victims were fellow Madden players. They've been identified as Taylor Robertson, 28, and Elijah Clayton, 22. 

Anthony Cave reports gun culture as part of a new national reporting collaborative called Guns & America.