MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks confirmed Sunday night that one of the members of their video gaming team was among the victims in a mass shooting in Jacksonville, Florida.
Tim Anselimo's mother tweeted he was shot several times, but she's pleased to share he is in the hospital and is expected to survive.
On a day that was supposed to be filled with pure joy and excitement for the Bucks' franchise as they officially opened their new arena, it also came with shock and sadness for a tragedy more than 1,000 miles away.
Anselimo was one of 11 taken to the hospital for gunshot wounds. Authorities confirm the gunman, 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore, killed three others before taking his own life during a video game tournament.
Anselimo's mother tweeted that her son was shot three times, including once in the chest.
The Milwaukee Bucks released a statement reading, 'Our thoughts are with Tim and his family during this horrific situation. We are in close contact with his mother and continue to monitor his health.”
Bucks Gaming is new to the organization. Their first season just ended a couple weeks ago.
Anselimo was the Bucks' second pick in the draft and is viewed by some as the best at his position.
Anselimo's mother provided some relief Sunday night to those who know him well. She posted a picture of Anselimo giving a thumbs up in his hospital bed while he was surrounded by fellow gamers who witnessed the attack.
Anselimo's mother is warning people not to donate to a fake go-fund-me account that's been circulating on social media.