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Two Dead And Nine Wounded In Gaming Tournament Shooting

Sunday was interrupted by the mass shooting at the Landing in Jacksonville, Florida. Jacksonville Police confirmed that two people were killed, nine others were wounded before the gunman also killed himself.

On an online stream of the Madden event posted to the website Twitch, several loud gunshots can be heard, and the game abruptly stops.

Police later confirmed the fatalities, while the Los Angeles Times‘ Matt Pearce spoke to a competitor in the event who said the alleged shooter targeted fellow players after losing a game in the tournament and then killed himself.

One of the victims, Taylor “spotmeplzzz” Robertson was identified by his gaming sponsor, Dot City Gaming.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened by the senseless violence in Jacksonville and the tragic deaths of Dot City Gaming team member, Taylor “SpotMePlzzz” Robertson, and Eli “True” Clayton,” the sponsor said in a two-part tweet.

“They were great competitors and well-loved members of the Madden community. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to their families, loved ones, and all of those affected by this tragedy.”

The other victim, Eli “trueboy” Clayton,  22-year-old former player and one of the best Madden players over the last couple of years. Clayton can be seen in the graphic video with a laser pointer on him before he was shot.

Gunman David Katz, a 24-year-old gamer from Baltimore, Maryland, was in Jacksonville for the tournament. He used at least one handgun in the shooting.  Katz “targeted a few people” before killing himself, according to Stephen “Steveyj” Javaruski, one of the gamers, who took shelter in a bathroom.

“Jacksonville is mourning,” said Mayor Lenny Curry. “We have faced an occurrence that is all too common.”

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