A survivor of Sunday's mass shooting at a Madden 19 tournament at the Jacksonville Landing entertainment complex in Jacksonville, Florida is suing both EA Sports and the venue for negligence.
Jacob Mitich was shot twice by an armed gunman, David Katz, who killed two people and wounded ten others besides Mitich at the Madden tournament before taking his own life. The lawsuit claims that EA, the Jacksonville Landing mall, and the pizza parlor Chicago Pizza (the specific location where the tournament was held within the mall) "failed to provide a safe and secure environment” for the participants in the tournament.
James Young, an attorney for the personal injury law firm Morgan & Morgan, released a statement on behalf of his client, "Like many of his friends, Jacob Mitich traveled to Jacksonville last weekend to do what he loved. He trusted the event host and organizers, and believed that he was walking into a safe space. That trust was shattered when shots rang out in an over-crowded, since-shut-down, non-permitted space. Combined with an alleged abject failure to provide adequate security, the result was tragic. We are bringing this lawsuit 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.”
EA respnded to the lawsuit to Kotaku by noting, “At this time, we are fully focused on supporting the victims and all those affected by this tragic event.”
The lawsuit does not mention how much Mitich is seeking in damages.