Suspect in Madden 19 tournament shooting targeted gamers: Sheriff

first_imgABC News(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — The suspect in a mass shooting that left two people dead and 12 with bullet wounds at a Madden 19 e-games tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, on Sunday, carried two handguns and extra ammunition into the contest venue and specifically targeted his competition, authorities said Monday.The two people killed in the shooting allegedly committed by David Katz, 24, inside a back room bar at a Chicago Pizza restaurant in the Jacksonville Landing mall were considered the top two Madden gamers in the world, a competitor wounded in the rampage told ABC News.“The suspect clearly targeted other gamers that were in a back room at the Chicago Pizza participating in this gaming tournament,” Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said of Katz at a news conference Monday afternoon. “The suspect walked passed patrons who were in other parts of the business and focused his attention on the gamers.”Williams said Katz was armed with two handguns, a .45-caliber and a 9mm, one with a laser scope, but investigators believe he only used one of the weapons in the attack.“Video surveillance from inside the restaurant clearly shows that this is a single shooter incident and that the suspect took his own life after shooting the victims,” Williams said.He said Katz purchased both guns legally in Baltimore within the past month.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

UK government tells LGPS: ‘Minimal exceptions’ to pooling assets

first_img“Exceptions must be minimal,” she added.Clay acknowledged that long-term, illiquid assets should not (and in some cases could not) be sold, but urged LGPS funds to “bring them under management of the pool as soon as possible”.She added that some schemes had highlighted legal issues with merging or transferring assets from some vehicles, such as life funds, into authorised contractual schemes – the fund structure used by the London CIV and being considered by other pools.However, Clay emphasised that this was not a sufficient barrier to transferring the management of assets or funds to the pools.Any assets not transferred to a pool “need to be kept under review and continually justified”, she said.A number of individual LGPS funds have made investments into private equity projects or funds, or assets focused on their local communities.For example, in February the £2bn (€2.2bn) Royal County of Berkshire Pension Fund bought a 20% stake in boutique manager Gresham House to help it establish a UK-focused investment fund.The pension scheme has provisionally agreed to join LPP but has yet to invest significantly in any pooled funds launched by the partnership so far. In a draft version of Berkshire’s annual report for 2016-17, the fund said it would be “uneconomic” to pool asset classes such as the Gresham House investments due to transfer costs and “the inequality created by sharing future returns”.Berkshire said it would consider future investment opportunities as they became available, focusing initially on liquid asset classes such as equities. UK public sector funds must justify any assets they hold outside of new pools once the vehicles are up and running, according to the government department overseeing the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).Teresa Clay, head of local government pensions at the UK’s Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), said individual schemes should look to move any assets – regardless of liquidity – into the pools “as soon as possible”.LGPS funds must begin transitioning assets to the new pools from April next year. Eight pools have been formed but so far only two are accepting assets: the Local Pensions Partnership (LPP) and the London CIV.Speaking at the annual Local Government Pension Investment Forum in London, Clay said all new investments made by LGPS funds should be made through an asset pool “unless there is a clear case that can be made” for investing through a different route.last_img read more