- Three people, including the gunman, died on Sunday in a shooting at a “Madden” video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida.
- Police identified the suspect in the shooting as David Katz, 24, from Baltimore.
- Police have not publicly described a motive or said whether Katz knew any of the victims, who officials have not yet identified.
- Katz was active in gaming tournaments and went by the nickname “Bread.”
- He appears to have won a “Madden” championship last year, where announcers said he “keeps to himself.”
- Witnesses at Sunday’s tournament told The Los Angeles Times the shooter was a participant who had been eliminated earlier in the day, but authorities have not confirmed that.
Authorities have identified 24-year-old David Katz as the suspect in a mass shooting at a live gaming event in Jacksonville, Florida, on Sunday.
Three people, including the gunman, were killed in the shooting, and 11 others were injured.
Police said the shooting occurred around 1:30 p.m. during a livestream tournament of the new game “Madden NFL 19,” hosted at the Good Luck Have Fun Game Bar at Jacksonville Landing, an outdoor mall.
SWAT teams conducted sweeps of the premises and found three dead, including Katz, who police said died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Police said they found Katz’s vehicle near the scene of the shooting, and they believe he was staying at a nearby hotel. Authorities in Baltimore, Katz’s hometown, are assisting with the investigation.
Jacksonville police have not publicly described a motive or said whether Katz knew any of the victims, who have not yet been identified. Police said Katz used one firearm; it’s unclear whether it was purchased legally.
Videos posted online show Katz was active in gaming tournaments and went by the nickname “Bread.” He appears to have won a “Madden” championship last year.
Congrats to David Katz, the Madden 17 Bills Championship winner!
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) February 27, 2017
During a YouTube livestream of the 2017 tournament, announcers said Katz did not show “much emotion” during his matches.
“David Katz keeps to himself. He’s a man of business,” the announcer said, adding, “He’s not here to make friends.”
The announcer added: “To even get him to open up to talk to you about anything, it’s like pulling teeth.”
Court records revealed on Monday that Katz had previously been hospitalized for mental illness, according to the Associated Press.
Divorce filings from Katz’s parents show he was hospitalized twice in psychiatric facilities and was prescribed anti-psychotic and anti-depressant medications.
Witnesses at Sunday’s tournament told The Los Angeles Times the shooter was a participant who had been eliminated earlier in the day, but authorities have not confirmed that.
A recording on the livestreaming platform Twitch shows two competitors playing the game before what looks like a red laser point appears on one of their sweatshirts. The video then ends abruptly as gunshots are heard.
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) August 26, 2018
“This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved,” EA Sports, the maker of the “Madden NFL” game series, said in a statement.