FBI swarms house of Jacksonville Landing gunner David Katz



A witness describes the scene of the Jacksonville Landing shooting

Madden tournament gamer describes what he saw after a shot is fired in Jacksonville, Florida event.

Heavily armed agents late Sunday to enter the luxury Baltimore townhouse that belongs to the father of the gunman who opened fire during a Madden 19 NFL tournament in a restaurant in Jacksonville, Fla., the killing of two and injuring 11 before killing himself.

David Katz, 24, of Baltimore, was believed to have fired shots during the event at the Chicago Pizza restaurant and bar in The Jacksonville Landing, the Sheriff Mike Williams said at a press conference. Williams did not speak about a possible motive.

An FBI spokesperson, Dave Fitz, confirmed agents were in the luxury townhouse home. But he did not immediately release any other details, citing an ongoing investigation.

The agents could be seen inside the home Sunday evening in the neighborhood of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. They wore body armor and carried long rifles. Reporters gathered outside unable to see which authorities carry bags of evidence out.

Katz is described by the witnesses and the people who knew him as a gamer who erupted in anger after the loss of the event.


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Katz died by a self-inflicted gunshot wound after he shot several people, police said. In addition to the dead, 11 other people were injured, nine of them with gunshot wounds.

Katz, whose vehicle was located and seized by investigators, is believed to have stayed somewhere local on Saturday evening for the shooting.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office added that there is “cooperation” in Baltimore with the ATF and the FBI as part of the research.

An eyewitness to Sunday afternoon’s mass shooting told Fox News that the gamer, now identified as Katz, had been eliminated from the tournament, before he opened fire.


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The witness, who declined to be identified by name, but said that he was 30 years old, said that he did not know the shooter’s identity, but noted there were “several boys who were angry” is removed from the event.


“I know that the person who is a gamer, for sure. I know that they did lose, for sure,” he said. “I don’t know if they came back, I don’t know if they were going to get a gun, I don’t know if they had it on them. I can’t tell you.”

The witness told “America’s News HQ” that he had stepped outside the bar where the event takes place when the gunshots rang out.

The coast guard patrols the St. Johns River outside Jacksonville Landing in Jacksonville, Florida, on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018.

(AP Photo/Laura Heald)

“I saw the door open bust and three or four girls kind of, like, falling all over themselves to get to the establishment. At that time I didn’t know what was going on, but I could tell from the look on their face that they are not joking or something like that.”

The witness added that when he heard one of his friends repeatedly yell, “I’m hit! Get help.”

“I didn’t know where he was … but when the people started running, I literally started to do the same,” said the man, who added that some friends were killed in the shooting.

The witness added that a friend who was in the bar when the shooting began told him that “many of the boys actually barricaded themselves in a very large bathroom … there was really no way to escape where we were playing. You were pinned.”

A gamer who is eligible to compete at the tournament, Stephen Javaruski, told the Los Angeles Times, the shooter “targeted a couple of people” before he was killed.

Fox News’ Arthel Neville, and Madeleine Rivera, Edmund Initiative contributed to this report.

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