Jacksonville gaming tournament shooter was in the hospital for a mental illness, the documents show



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The shooter who opened fire on a “Madden NFL 19” tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, on Sunday, was admitted to the hospital previously for a mental illness, according to court records.

Divorce filing of the parents of the 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore showed that, as a teenager, he was hospitalized twice in psychiatric establishments is prescribed anti-psychotic and anti-depressive medications, The Associated Press, the first Monday reported.

Katz, a competitor in the gaming event, had two handguns and extra ammunition in the restaurant where the contest took place, officials said at a press conference Monday afternoon.


The divorce files revealed that Katz’s parents disagreed deeply about how to care for their son. Katz’s father claimed that his estranged wife was exaggerating the symptoms of mental illness as part of the couple’s long and bitter custody battle. They divorced in 2007.


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Katz legally purchased his firearms — .45 caliber and 9mm pistols in Baltimore, Maryland, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams told reporters. He bought them in the last month from an authorized dealer, the officials said.

“One of the cannons Katz] would like to make an after market laser sight that attaches to the trigger guard,” Williams added.

The police said that there was no indication Katz planned to shoot prior to the Sunday. He had lost in the tournament earlier in the day.


The suspect shot and killed two people at the event in the Chicago Pizza restaurant at The Jacksonville Landing before the gun on himself, police said. Katz also injured 10 others, who are expected to recover from their injuries.

Williams said that it was clear Katz, “focused on gamers” in the competition.

Police are however yet to determine a concrete motive” in the case, which remains under investigation by multiple agencies. Both Katz’s mother and father “up until now, fully cooperative” with the FBI.


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Eli Clayton, 22, of California, and Taylor Robertson, 27, of West Virginia, were identified by Electronic arts, the company is developing “Madden,” as the victims who were fatally shot on Sunday.

“Their death is an unimaginable tragedy, and we offer our deepest condolences to their families, who have injuries and everyone affected by this,” the statement from EA read. “Many of us at EA knew Elijah and Taylor well, and their positive, competitive spirit and respect for the other players were clear for everybody.”

“They earned the admiration of all who saw how they compete, and we will miss them greatly,” EA said of Clayton and Robertson.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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