The Jacksonville bar, where three people died in a mass shooting on Sunday, was closed due to code violations.
The fire inspectors closed the Florida restaurant and bar that was the scene of a fatal mass shooting during a videogame tournament.
On Wednesday, a notice of "cease and desist" was posted at the door of Chicago Pizza at Jacksonville Landing.
A violation report of the city code says the restaurant did not have a permit to hold the Madden NFL 19 tournament last weekend.
On Sunday afternoon, 24-year-old former champion David Katz of Baltimore opened fire inside Chicago Pizza, killing two people and wounding nearly a dozen more before committing suicide.
The fire inspectors say that the design of the restaurant, approved for the last time in 2009, was altered without authorization to create the Good Luck Have Fun game bar, where the tournament took place.
Chicago Pizza was cited for three fire code violations: blocking exits with video game machines and other objects, using strip plugs as permanent wiring and using extension cords as a substitute for permanent wiring.
The GLHF game bar (above in the file photo) was not allowed to be in the building, and fire chief Kevin Jones said that if he had not been there, there would have been no shooting
News4Jax also reported that the restaurant was warned for its failure to comply with the design of the 2009 building, and a notice of cease and desist with respect to GLHF was also issued.
In the summary of his code violation report, fire chief Kevin Jones suggested there would have been no mass shootings if the restaurant had not changed the design of the building.
"If Chicago Pizza had not altered the distribution plan by creating an unauthorized playroom area, the videogame tournament would not have occurred, and therefore, this incident would not have occurred at Jacksonville Landing," he wrote.
& # 39; This area was not authorized nor was it part of your design plan of the presented and approved building & # 39 ;.
David Bennett Katz (pictured), 24, left a gaming tournament after losing a game before returning and shooting other attendees. Two died and nine were injured
David Katz shot dead Eli Clayton, 22, and Taylor Robertson, 27, and wounded nine others before committing suicide on Sunday.
Two more people were injured while fleeing from chaos.
Katz, who drove to Jacksonville from his home in Baltimore, had legally purchased a .45-caliber pistol and a 9-mm pistol in Maryland, confirmed the Jacksonville Sheriff's Department.
The shooting began when the tournament was broadcast live all over the world and a game was being developed.
In the images of the tournament, one of the players is seen with a point that seems to be a laser pointer that dances on his chest and neck.
As the live video moves into action on the virtual football field, gunshots and chilling screams are heard.
Commentators can be heard in silence as the first shots are fired and people start screaming.
The transmission is cut off and a message appears that says & # 39; controller disconnected & # 39 ;.
Dead in the shooting were Taylor & # 39; SpotMePlzzz & # 39; Robertson, 28, (left) of West Virginia and Elijah & # 39; Trueboy & # 39; Clayton, 22, (right) of California
A red dot (in a circle) that appeared to be from a laser pointer attached to Katz's gun was seen in Clayton's chest in a live broadcast of the tournament, shortly before the camera was cut, and shots and screams were heard .
Police arrived on the scene within two minutes of receiving the first 911 calls at 1.34 p.m., said Sheriff Williams.
Witnesses said that people were trampled while fleeing the shooting.
Marquis Williams, 20, says he and his girlfriend, Taylor Poindexter, both from Chicago, were ordering pizza nearby when the shots went off. He said on Sunday he did not think it was a shootout at first.
"Initially we thought it was a balloon bursting, but there were no balloons in the room, then we heard repeated shots and ran away," he said.
A van from the Jacksonville Sheriff's crime scene unit is seen as the police who investigated the fatal shooting at the GLHF Game Bar attached to the Chicago Pizza place (behind the van)
Cliff Comastro, the owner of Chicago Pizza and GLHF Game Bar, said earlier in a statement that he and his team were "extremely shocked and saddened" by the "unnecessary loss of life resulting from the pointless shooting."
"This was an isolated incident that occurred during a videogame tournament that was held at the GLHF Game Bar for the EA Sports Madden NFL 19 franchise," the statement continued.
"While we mourn those who were affected by this tragic incident, we would like to thank the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department and all local law enforcement and first responders who acted quickly to contain the situation His heroic acts of bravery prevented this incident from escalating further.
"When we created the GLHF game bar (Good Luck, Have Fun), we visualized a place where the community of players could meet to share one of the searches that generates pure joy.
"Our hearts are broken, but together, we hope to begin the healing process as a community here in Jacksonville."