A man accused of opening fire inside the Chicago restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida, on Sunday, had apparently won the a previous football video game tournament.
CNN reports that David Katz, of Baltimore, is accused of shooting and killing two people while injuring numerous others when he began firing shots on Sunday, during a Madden NFL Championship Series video game tournament, held at the Chicago restaurant at Jacksonville Landing. As investigators continue to piece together the crime details, they are learning more about the gunman who took his own life shortly after the shootings.
Suspected shooter identified as David Katz. Gaming community says he went by the tag "Bread" was a former #Madden Champion from Baltimore. Reports: ATF on scene at Federal Hill home in MD in connection to #MaddenShooting @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/m5NeUdufqW
— Paige Kelton (@PaigeANjax) August 26, 2018
- Katz traveled to Jacksonville for the tournament.
- The gamer went by the name “Bread” to the gaming community.
- Katz reportedly carried a semi-automatic handgun to the gaming tournament.
- The Buffalo Bills tweeted a photo of Katz after he won the 2017 tournament.
- Fans at the latest tournament claimed he was “knocked out” before the end of the game, losing his chance to win again this year, according to the Sun. However, police have declined to comment on motive.
- Katz reportedly lived in an upscale townhome in Baltimore with his father. FBI raided the residence for evidence shortly after the shootings.
- A commentator announced that Kratz didn’t show much emotion during the tournament.
- A gamer at the tournament said Katz was in Jacksonville for the weekend, but didn’t talk much and wasn’t friendly to other gamers.
“[He was here] all weekend,” another gamer at the 2018 tournament said, according to CBS47. “He had shades on, he didn’t speak to anybody. Even after we played…I went to shake his hand and just tell him good game and he just looked at me. He didn’t say anything.”
The story continues to develop. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photos: David Katz/Handout, EA Sports]