David Katz AKA “BREAD” Named as ‘EA Sports Madden’ Shooter
David Katz,24, of Baltimore, was in Jacksonville for the EA Sports Madden NFL 19 event on Sunday when he carried out the shooting before he was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot.
David Katz had been eliminated from the competition before the shooting, in which nine other people were injured.
The shooting took place at The Landing shopping centre during a regional qualifier for the Madden 19 online game tournament at the GLHF Game Bar inside a pizza restaurant.
Winners of the contest go forward to the video game finals in Las Vegas and compete for $165,000.
David Katz won a similar event last February. Madden NFL’s publisher, EA Sports, lists him as a 2017 tournament winner and the official Twitter account of the Buffalo Bills, the football team, posted a picture of Katz congratulating him on his victory.
Congrats to David Katz, the Madden 17 Bills Championship winner!
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) February 27, 2017
Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said authorities believe Katz carried out the attack using at least one handgun.
Witnesses described people trampling on each other as they raced to escape Sunday’s shooting. The horrific sounds were captured as the gaming tournament was being livestreamed.
Florida Governor Rick Scott said President Donald Trump has called him to offer federal support.