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20-year-old man flies from New Jersey to Jacksonville, attacks man with hammer over online gaming dispute: NCSO
20-year-old man flies from New Jersey to Jacksonville, attacks man with hammer over online gaming dispute: NCSO

NASSAU COUNTY, Florida. – A 20-year-old man is charged with first-degree murder after he allegedly flew from New Jersey to Fernandina Beach and attacked a man in his home with a hammer, according to the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office.

“It’s a funny thing. Some things you can’t make up,” said Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper.

According to Edward Kang’s police report, neither he nor the victim had ever met, but knew each other through an online game whose name Leeper did not disclose.

It’s unclear what the victim did to Kang, but he was angry, so Kang booked a flight from Newark to Jacksonville on Saturday night, bought a claw hammer and flashlight upon arrival and went to the victim’s home, officials said.

The door to the house in the gated community was unlocked, so Kang, dressed all in black, with gloves and a mask, went straight in and attacked the victim, hitting him in the head, the report said.

The victim suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries.

The victim’s stepfather heard the screams, he and the victim disarmed Kang and detained him to hand him over to officers.

Kang requested a lawyer, but according to officials, told an officer about the victim: “He is a bad person on the Internet.”

It is unclear how Kang knew how to find the victim.

Leeper said the incident showed the real-world consequences of video games.

20-year-old Edward Kang is accused of attempted premeditated murder. (Copyright 2024 by WJXT News4JAX – All rights reserved.)

Copyright 2024 by WJXT News4JAX – All rights reserved.

By Seren