The suspect in Sunday’s mass shooting during a video-gaming competition at a pizzeria in Jacksonville, Florida, has been identified as David Katz, a 24-year-old white male from Baltimore, Maryland. Katz opened fired during the Madden NFL 19 qualifying tournament, which was streaming on Twitch, at approximately 1:30 p.m. EST on Sunday, killing two people and wounding 11 others before killing himself. Police say he used a handgun.
“RIP to Trueboy and Spotme,” Javaruski tweeted, referring to the two victims, Elijah Clayton, 22, and Taylor Robertson, 27, by their gaming handles. “This is the worst day of my life.”
The two-day regional tournament began on Saturday, with round-robin matchups between as many as 256 players, according to the L.A. Times. The first- and second-place winners score $250, and advance to the final round in Las Vegas to compete in EA Sports’ Madden Classic, where the winner walks away with a $125,000 prize.
Katz, who went by the nickname “Bread,” was a relatively well-known player-to-watch on the “Madden” gaming scene. At a regional competition in February 2017, according to the Washington Post, Katz pulled off an unexpected win over the tournament favorite, a victory which EA Sports called the “most exciting moment in all the 2017 NFL Club Series Championships.”
On Sunday, however, Katz was eliminated from the competition; it’s not clear how much time elapsed before the shooting began. The police have not released a possible motive or said whether Katz knew the victims.
The beginning of the shooting was captured on the tournament’s various livestreams on sites like Twitchy; according to the Independent, in one video, a red laser sight appeared on a male player’s chest (identified by the L.A .Times as Clayton) just before the sound of gunshots rang out and the livestream was cut.
“I’ve been saying events NEED better security,” tweeted Call of Duty gamer Seth Abner. “Such a damn shame that now event coordinators will respond after a tragedy happens.”