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Mass Shooter at Madden Tournament Was Gamer Who Lost

Mass Shooter at Madden Tournament Was Gamer Who Lost

Police say Katz carried out the shooting with a handgun.

The maker of the Madden NFL video games, EA Sports, lists a David Katz as the victor of a 2017 championship among gamers representing NFL team The Buffalo Bills.

After the win, in which Katz — a No. 7 seed — pulled off a last-second upset of the tournaments No. 2 seed, the Buffalo Bills tweeted out congratulations to the then 23-year-old.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that on August 26, as Katz was competing in the Madden tournament, a video showed an announcer introducing him.

Court records show that gunman David Katz, 24, had been hospitalized twice in the past in psychiatric facilities for mental illness.

Williams, who did not initially give specific numbers of the dead and wounded, said "multiple" people were killed and wounded.

David Katz of Baltimore was identified by officials as the suspect in the August 26 shooting, and officials believe that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police found Katz's vehicle near the scene of the shooting, and believed he had been staying at a nearby hotel. "No outstanding suspects", Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said at a news conference. The names of the deceased have yet to be released by police.

Survivors said Katz snapped after being eliminated from the tournament. He later became a Madden star under the pseudonym "Trueboy", and was a perpetual contender to win almost every competition he was enrolled in.

One witness said "everyone [was] running for their lives", and that people were being trampled while trying to exit the venue, while others tried to hide from the shooter. Hes a man of business. He's not here for the experience, he's not here to make friends.

"You can't even get him to open up about anything, it's like pulling teeth", the announcer added.

Two men fatally shot during a video game tournament at the Jacksonville Landing have been identified as Taylor Robertson and Eli Clayton.

Mr Clayton was known by the handle "Trueboy" and was seen as a rising star in the eSports field.

On Saturday, Clayton tweeted that he had "won every game" and was waiting for the singles match.

Robertson, who was married and had a young son, had won 13 out of his 18 prior matches in Madden NFL tournaments, as reported by EA Sports.


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