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Video emerges of gamer shooting in Florida; NFL, EA Sports react

September 19, 2018

Video taken seconds before the fatal shooting in Jacksonville, Fla., shows gamers getting ready to play Madden '19 in a competition.

A mass shooting occurred Sunday in Jacksonville, Fla.

It took place at a video game competition where gamers were playing the NFL EA Sports Madden ’19 game.

Three people, including the gunman, are dead. Reports have at least 11 others as being injured. The incident prompted this response from EA Sports.

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is on the cover of the game this year. The NFL issued a statement about the attack.

The Jacksonville Jaguars also commented in a press release.

According to accounts from the Los Angeles Times, the shooter has been identified as “a player who had been defeated earlier in the tournament.” The suspect is David Katz, 24, of Baltimore. While on the national circuit of professional gamers, Katz played under other names, including “Bread” and “RavensChamp.”

According to the Times story, the victims were identified as Elijah Clayton and Taylor Robertson. To those in the gaming community, they were known by screen names “Trueboy” and “Spotme.”

The competition was being streamed live at the time of the shooting. Video has emerged that shows the moment when the shots were fired. You can actually see a red dot appear on Clayton’s shirt a moment before the screen cuts back to a wide shot of the game.

The Times reports Clayton played high school football at Chaminade and Calabasas high schools.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at tbenz@tribweb.com or via Twitter @TimBenzPGH.

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