Jacksonville shooting reignites gun debate in the FL primary
Candidates in Florida’s primary races redirected their campaigns to make a stop in Jacksonville and address Sunday’s shoot.
A “Madden” gamer who was to take part in the Jacksonville event, where a gunman opened fire killing two before killing himself was hailed a hero Monday for the shielding of two young players as bullets flew.
Ronald Casey, known in the world of gaming as SirusTheVirus, was in the room at the Jacksonville Landing Complex when the gunfire began to go off. He used his body to shield two gamers who are taking cover, according to FOX 45 Now.
“A bullet hit the wall or whatever came over and I could smell it,” Casey told the station. “Then I was like, man, I made the decision to jump on top of the boys.”
Ronald Casey, 30, shielded fellow gamers, while a gunman shot a Jacksonville ‘Madden’ event.
Casey, 30, Kettering, Ohio, knew that if the shooter was to him, he might have a difficult time trying to get through to him.
“I’m 6’3″ and 360 pounds. I thought, if the shooter is going to come in our small area, he will have to shoot through me to get to them,” Casey told the New York Daily News.
Joel Crooms-Porter, 18, told the Daily News, and he was lucky that He was around him at the moment.
“I’m mentally not stable enough to talk about it a lot. I have not yet cleaned the blood off of everything. But yes, he did cover me. I thanked him on Twitter,” he told the newspaper.
Damon “Customize” Kirk watched the livestream at home his Michigan home. He remembered the horror of the Daily News.
“Then I was like, man, I made the decision to jump on top of the boys.”
– Ronald Casey
“I’ve actually threw. I was sick to my stomach. I didn’t want to believe that it was true. I still can’t believe that someone shot a ‘Madden’ tournament, ” he said.
Casey wrote in a Facebook post, he never looked to himself as a “hero.”
“I never looked at myself as a ‘hero’ I’ve just played through the scenario in my head and made a decision. My pops/my mother and my best friend says that the fight or flight,” he wrote. “As a grown man, I am 30 years old by my life, that saying has come true many times…
“I was a witness of a tragedy, a real nightmare. The shoot took us all by surprise, I would like that some how one of us would be able to prevent this from happening. I am so torn and confused now. I love y’all man, we have to fight and get through. Time to come together and be a community. Love y’all ‘Madden’ Fam.”
EA CEO Andrew Wilson announced the remaining Madden Classic qualifier events were cancelled as a result of the shooting.
Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.