David Katz, a 24-year-old gamer, was in Jacksonville, Florida on August 26 for the Madden NFL 19 video game tournament, held in a gaming bar in the back of a pizza restaurant. He brought a gun to the venue and opened fire, killing two people and wounding nine others. He then turned the gun on himself. Police do not have a motive yet for the killings.
For up-to-date information on the Jacksonville shooting, read this David Katz wiki.
|About David Katz|
|Known As||Bread, mrslicedbread, RavensChamp, ravens2012champ,|
|Birth||December 22, 1993 Baltimore, Maryland|
|Death||August 26, 2018 Jacksonville, Florida|
|Parents||Elizabeth Katz, Richard Katz|
What Do We Know about David Katz?
Before the Jacksonville shooting, few knew who David Katz was outside the world of Madden gaming.
What we do know is that the 24-year-old was from Baltimore, Maryland.
His parents, Richard Katz and Elizabeth Katz were married in 1998. Their first son, Brandon, was born March 29, 1990. David was born on December 22, 1993.
Richard is an employee at NASA; an engineer in the Instrument Electronics Development Branch.
According to divorce papers (David’s parents divorced in 2007), his mother Elizabeth worked as an employee of the Food and Drug Administration.
In 2011, David Katz graduated from Hammond High School in Howard County.
He then attended the University of Maryland, majoring in environment science and technology. He was enrolled in September 2014 but, according to the latest information from the university, was not registered for any classes at the time of the shooting. He did not live on campus.
A History of Mental Illness
David Katz had a well-documented history of mental illness. According to family divorce papers, he had been dealing with psychiatric issues since at least the age of 12. He was prescribed a number of psychiatric drugs, including an antipsychotic, and saw “a succession of psychiatrists.”
A 2006 court filing (when David was 12) states that a therapist said David had experienced a “psychiatric crisis.”
David Katz’s mental illnesses were responsible, in part, for repeated visits to his family’s home by local police. From 1993 to 2009, police visited the Katz family home in Columbia, Maryland for issues ranging from “mental illness” to domestic disputes.
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On two occasions, police were called over arguments between David Katz and his mother. There were no reports of physical violence.
According to one police report, the day after David Katz’s 13th birthday, authorities were called to Elizabeth’s home because of “the volume of the television and his overall lack of respect toward her and his grandmother.”
Exactly one year later, the day after his 14th birthday, David Katz called police on his mother because she kept “punishing him by taking away his video games.”
In 2010, when Katz was 16, Howard County Circuit Judge Lenore Gelfman wrote that David Katz would go days without bathing, walk around the house in circles, and play video games until 4:00 a.m.
“[He] was failing all classes at Hammond High, was unresponsive to school teachers and uncooperative with school psychotherapists/counselors, and was extremely hostile toward his mother,” Gelfman added.
Well-Known in the Gaming Community
Single, David Katz was known in the online gaming community by his game tags, “RavensChamp” and “Bread.” Katz was not known for being friendly or chatty with fellow gamers online or at tournaments. He preferred to let his game playing do the talking.
Gamers who interacted with David Katz remember him as “being kind of different” and that “something was off about him.”
According to one-time rival Shane Kivlen, much of what they learned about David Katz was from his odd way of playing Madden football. He said Katz wasn’t known to interact much with or trash talk his rivals after winning.
But, after winning a championship in 2017, he “got up and let out the weirdest scream ever.”
An announcer from a gaming tournament Katz had played in described him as being “not here to make friends.”
“He’s all business, he’s focused, and to even get him to open up to talk to you about anything—it’s like pulling teeth, man,” the announcer said.
2017 Bills-Sponsored Madden Tournament in Buffalo
Despite being seeded seventh, David Katz won $10,000 at the Buffalo Bills Madden Club tournament in 2017.
Katz might not have been known for trash talking, but he did brag a little at the tournament in Buffalo. In the lead-up to a game with the No. 2 seeded player, Katz bragged, “I understand the game really well.”
After beating the No. 2 seed, 41-7, and winning the tournament, Katz said, “I don’t think of myself as a seventh seed. I think personally, I’m one of the better players—and I like to let my game prove that.”
When asked if he was nervous, Katz said, “Honestly, I felt like I had the ball most of the game… I wasn’t really doing too much on defense.”
After winning, the Buffalo Bills tweeted a congratulatory message to Katz.
Congrats to David Katz, the Madden 17 Bills Championship winner!
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) February 27, 2017
Following the tournament, David Katz traveled to Burbank, California. He lost in the quarterfinals in that tournament.
July 2018 – David Katz Purchases Two Guns
In July 2018, David Katz legally purchased a .45 caliber handgun and a 9-mm handgun in his home state of Maryland. One of the guns had a laser sight attached to it.
Federal gun laws prevent anyone who has been committed to a mental health institution against their will or been deemed to be “mentally incompetent” from legally purchasing a firearm. But a clinical history of psychological problems is not a legal reason to prevent someone from buying a gun. Not only that, but those kinds of medical records are private and protected patient information.
Residents in Maryland need to get their handgun qualification license from the state police before they can purchase a firearm. This means that David Katz provided his fingerprints, underwent a background check, and passed a safety training course in order to buy the two guns.
August 26, 2018 – Shooting in Jacksonville, Florida
David Katz traveled to Jacksonville, Florida to compete in the Madden NFL 19 video game tournament.
Roughly 150 gamers were in Jacksonville vying for a $5,000 prize; the top two finishers in Jacksonville would earn a spot in the Madden Classic main event in Las Vegas this October. The winner of the Classic would take home $25,000.
Before he played in the tournament, David Katz was introduced by Madden announcers “as a man of business” who “keeps to himself.”
“You are not going to see much emotion,” an announcer said. “He’s not here to make friends.”
David Katz did not perform well over the course of the two-day tournament. In fact, he was defeated twice.
On Sunday, August 26, 2018, Katz entered the GLHF Game Bar with a gun. The horror of that day played out live online and on camera.
Just before the first gunshots rang out at around 1:30 p.m., video shows two gamers seated side-by-side in front of a video screen.
Footage shows what appears to be a white laser sight on the chest and then neck of Eli Clayton, aka “Trueboy,”who was in the middle of a game.
Seconds later, the first of 12 shots rings out. The game abruptly ends.
One victim is heard yelling in between shots: “Oh f–k! What did he shoot me with?”
It wasn’t immediately clear whether Clayton or his opponent, Wesley “Joe Rice” Gittens, were among the injured.
The rampage didn’t last long. But when it was over, two people were dead, nine others had suffered gunshot wounds, and two had been injured fleeing.
David Katz then turned the semi-automatic on himself.
1:34 p.m. – The First 911 Calls Come in
The first 911 calls started to come in at 1:34 p.m.
Two minutes later, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office was on the scene.
First responders closed the streets around Jacksonville Landing and urged people to stay away from the area.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office took to Twitter and warned people to stay away.
Mass shooting at the Jacksonville Landing. Stay far away from the area. The area is not safe at this time. STAY AWAY #TheLandingMassShooting
— Jax Sheriff’s Office (@JSOPIO) August 26, 2018
SWAT teams arrived and entered the pizzeria where survivors were hunkered down.
Police tweeted to those inside, telling them not to come running out; officers would come inside and get them.
Once first responders confirmed that the then-unnamed shooter was dead, they turned to triaging the victims.
On Monday, August 27, Memorial Hospital released the names of four surviving victims it had treated:
- George Amadeo II, 17, was in good condition.
- David Echevarria, 28, was treated for minor injuries and released.
- Alexander Madunic, 27, was in good condition after a gunshot wound to the foot.
- Christopher McFarland, 31, was in good condition after a bullet had grazed his head.
The Men David Katz Allegedly Murdered
Police did not initially say who the two slain victims were, but their names quickly made the rounds on social media.
The two men killed by Katz in the tournament were Taylor “SpotMePlzzz” Robertson, 27, and Elijah “Trueboy” Clayton, 22.
Eli Clayton was a former high school football player who went to Calabasas High School in California.
Clayton, from Woodland Hills, California, had just turned 22 in June.
According to his EA Sports profile, Clayton had won $51,000 playing Madden. It also notes that “his versatility when it comes to playbooks and game playing is what keeps True locked in as one of the perennial top competitors in the scene.”
The cover photo on Clayton’s Facebook page describes him as being a professional Madden player. It also shows him playing Madden and lists his accomplishments: 2017 Jacksonville Jaguars Club Champion and 2018 Cincinnati Bengals Club Champion.
Moments before David Katz opened fire, Clayton is seen on the livestream feed of the tournament. The laser target from Katz’s gun is clearly visible on his red sweatshirt.
According to his player profile on EA Sports, Robertson was from Ballard, West Virginia. He would have turned 28 on November 26.
He had career winnings of $80,500 and won the Madden NFL 17 Classic.
He had won 13 out of his 18 prior matches in Madden NFL tournaments. He is described on his profile as having “potent offensive talent” and being “one of the toughest opponents in competitive Madden.”
Robertson was married and had a young son.
It is not known what Robertson did occupationally, but gamers said he played in Madden tournaments to earn extra money to support his family. He was sponsored by Dot City Gaming.
His Facebook page includes a large number of photos of him, his wife Holly, and their son. He also shared pictures of their wedding on November 5, 2013.
Robertson and Clayton were friends on Facebook.
David Katz Acted Weird All Weekend
It has been alleged that David Katz was acting weird all weekend before the attack. It is also possible he was a sore loser who snapped.
Gamers said Katz was defeated by two different players over the two-day tournament in Jacksonville.
One gamer, who said he was one of the two people to defeat Katz that weekend, noted Katz was “a well-known competitor.”
“[He was here] all weekend,” the man said. “He had shades on, he didn’t speak to anybody. Even after we played.”
The gamer went on to say that when he went to shake Katz’s hand and “tell him good game,” he “just looked at me. He didn’t say anything.”
Another gamer said that David Katz “snapped” after losing in the elimination round. The witness went on to say that after losing, Katz left the venue briefly, presumably to get the semi-automatic pistol in his car. He then came back in and started “blasting everybody” in “rampage mode,” the witness claimed.
It is also alleged that David Katz wore the exact same clothing during both days of the tournament.
“I mean, obviously you don’t need a change of clothes if you already were preparing to do something like that,” the other gamer said.
On Sunday, SWAT teams were seen at the home of Katz’s father in Baltimore.
The family has not yet released a statement.