A video game tournament was the sight of a deadly shooting, Sunday. Now there’s video showing the moments just before David Katz, the suspect in the shooting, opened fire on his fellow gamers. Katz killed himself in the shooting, but not before he fatally wounded two, and left 11 others injured.
The tournament was being held at the Jacksonville Landing in Jacksonville, Florida. Just after 1:30 Sunday, Katz opened fire. Taylor ‘SpotMePlzzz’ Robertson, 27, of Ballard, West Virginia and Eli ‘Trueboy’ Clayton, 22, of Woodland Hills, California were both targeted and killed.
“Robertson was married and father to a young son, and had won 13 out of his 18 prior matches in Madden NFL tournaments,” Daily Mail writes. “Clayton was a rising star in the Madden community.”
Officials have said that the gun Katz used in the shooting was equipped with a laser aiming device. Images appear to show the red laser on Clayton’s chest in the moments just before gunfire broke out.
The gunfire inside the tournament sparked panic and at least 9 of the injuries came as those inside tried to escape.
The shooting is hard for those who knew Katz to explain. He seemed to be taking his gaming seriously before this incident.
“He is not here to make friends,” an announcer at a previous tournament had said about Katz. “He’s all business, he’s focused, and to even get him to open up to talk to you about anything – it’s like pulling teeth, man.”
“I think personally, I’m one of the better players – and I like to let my game prove that,” Katz had said about himself.
“I understand the game really well.”
One of the participants, Timothy Anselimo, was shot three times. “My son was shot 3 times please keep him in your prayers,” his mother tweeted.
“@oLARRY2K was shot in chest and hand I was with him. I have his bag and phone. Plz retweet this to notify 2k community. He is at Florida Shands hospital. didn’t look life threatening to me but injured bad. I love you bro,” another witness, BUCTILLIDIE, tweeted.
Ryan Alemon spoke with reporters after the shooting. “Everyone was running. They were dropping because they were getting shot. I heard yelling. I heard ‘Help me, I’m shot’,” he said.
“As I was going in the restroom, I stayed in there, and I just heard – there was just so many gunshots, at least 20 of them at the most.”
EA Sports, which runs the Madden tournaments, issued a statement after the incident: “The tragic situation that occurred Sunday in Jacksonville was a senseless act of violence that we strongly condemn.”
“Our most heartfelt sympathies go out to the families of the victims whose lives were taken today and those who were injured. All of us at Electronic Arts are devastated by this horrific event, and we also join the community in thanking the first responders who were quickly on the scene. Our focus right now is on those affected, and supporting law enforcement as they continue their investigation into this crime.”