JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Latest on the mass shooting at a Florida video gaming tournament (all times local):
The family of a West Virginia man killed in the shooting on the video game tournament in Florida says he was a devoted family man with big dreams.”
A statement posted on Facebook by the relatives of the 28-year-old Taylor Robertson of Giles, West Virginia, says that he is a “special person”, whose world revolved around his wife and their young son. The statement says Robertson objective of a professional gamer “is always better himself for his family.”
Robertson was a gaming champion, who competed in the “Madden NFL” football franchise tournaments under the gamer tag Spotmeplzzz. He won the Madden Classic tournament in 2016.
Authorities say that Robertson and the 22-year-old Elijah Clayton of Woodland Hills, California, were killed Sunday when a fellow gamer opened fire on the “Madden” tournament in Jacksonville.
Experts in Maryland say that the video gaming shooter’s history of mental illness, apparently, would not have stopped him from buying guns before he killed two people and wounded 10, and then killed himself during a tournament in Florida.
Maryland law prevents someone from passing a background check to buy guns as they were or are involuntarily committed for a period of time or voluntarily included in a psychiatric setting for at least 30 consecutive days. David Katz was admitted to the hospital at least two times, but Daniel Webster, who directs the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, says that his treatment is not enough to disqualify him.
Maryland State troopers are responsible for investigating gun purchases in Katz’s home state, but they don’t talk to now, to avoid interfering with the investigation in Jacksonville.
Court records show that a shooter specifically targeted his fellow gamers at a Florida tournament.
Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams told a press conference on Monday that the 24-year-old David Katz, of Baltimore, “ran along the patrons who are located in other parts of the company and focused his attention on the gamers.”
Katz fatally shot himself after killing two men and wounding 10 others on Sunday in a pizzeria, and a bar hosting a “Madden NFL 19” – tournament.
Williams said that Katz had two pistols, one of which is equipped with a laser sight, into the tennis courts, but only fired one of them.
The sheriff’s office identified the dead as 22-year-old Elijah Clayton of Woodland Hills, California, and the 28-year-old Taylor Robertson of Giles, West Virginia.