1 Dead, 3 Injured in shooting when Pokemon Go gym battle turned violent.
In a startling turn of events Thursday, a battle for control of a Pokemon Go gym in Los Angeles turned shockingly violent when one player drew a pistol and shot the other four players vying for control of the virtual gym. The shooter, whose name is being withheld, is being searched for by the police, said Officer Michelle Ortiz. One player was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other three players were taken to California Hospital Medical Center in serious condition.
The shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. on the campus of the University of Southern California, at the basketball court. Officers responded to a report of shots fired and found multiple victims, including 21-year old Michael Lambert lying on the court with a gunshot wound to the upper right chest, who was pronounced dead at 12:03 a.m. at the scene, said Officer Jose Garcia.
The other victims were a young woman, 19-year old Alicia Smith, who was wounded in the left hip, and two young men, 22-year old Jesus Cortez, who was wounded in the right shoulder, and 23-year old John Martinez, who was wounded in his lower right arm. All of the victims were found at the scene with Pokemon Go open on their phones.
The police reported that they have received information from the survivors of this vicious shooting. According to Officer Michelle Ortiz, the survivors said that the attacker and four victims were playing Pokemon Go and battling virtually for control of one of the game’s gyms when the attacker, a man unknown to the survivors, drew a pistol from concealment and began shooting, apparently to gain control of the gym in the game. Police have identified the shooter from campus security footage, and an anonymous source reported that the shooter was not a student. Police are currently searching for the shooter.