3 dead, including gunman, in Jacksonville shooting
On Sunday, August 26, 2018, in Jacksonville, Fla.,a competitive Madden video game tournament turned chaotic as 24-year-old David Katz opened fire on the competitors, killing two and injuring 11. According to Sheriff Mike Williams, “He walked past patrons in other parts of the restaurant and then opened fire on his fellow competitive gamers before killing himself.”
The two victims, Elijah “trueboy” Clayton and Taylor “spotmeplzzz” Robertson, were both competing in a "Madden 19" tournament at GLHF Game Bar at the Jacksonville Landing. Ten out of the 11 people injured were due to gunshot related wounds with the final person sustaining an injury while fleeing.
Police have yet to release a possible motive, although, according to CNN, fellow competitor and victim Alexander Madunic said that Katz had “lost a game in the Madden tournament earlier in the day and was angry.” Madunic stated that “He was kinda upset about that, so I’m guessing that had something else to do with it, too.”
According to officials, “The suspect had legally purchased two weapons in Baltimore over the past month, one of the weapons had a laser sight that attached to the gun.”
Governor Rick Scott visited some of the victims in the hospital while they recovered from their wounds. Others were treated and released, according to CNN.
The 24-year-old terrorist was previously enrolled as a student at the University of Maryland in September 2014 but wasn’t registered for classes as of August 26, 2018, according to university spokeswoman Katie Lawson.
Gov. Rick Scott asked, “Why are young men willing to give up their life, or why don’t they value somebody else’s life? We’ve got to figure this out.”