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The Jacksonville shooting suspect was entangled in a long-running feud with his mother — which revolved around his obsession with video games and refusal to go to school or bathe, according to court papers.
“His hair would very often go unwashed for days,” David Katz’ mom, Elizabeth, wrote in a divorce filing from 2007.
The article goes on to state the following:
“When I took his gaming equipment controllers away so he couldn’t play at 3 or 4 in the morning, I’d get up and find that he was just walking around the house in circles,” she said.
David, 24, was known to argue with his mother repeatedly over the use of the family television when he was a kid, among a slew of other things, according to the divorce papers, which were obtained by the Associated Press.
The two used to call the police on each other over “trivial matters” — such as watching too much TV, wrote David’s father, Richard Katz, who is a NASA engineer.
The young man was about 13 when they separated, and “routinely” expressed his anger toward his mother after the split, his dad said.
In 2007, David called the cops on her for “being unfair” and taking away his video games.
On one occasion, Elizabeth Katz locked away his controllers in her bedroom — and he punched a hole through the door to get them, the court papers said.
In 2010, she dialed 911 and told a dispatcher that David was “abusing” her by coming home late following a visitation with his dad and “assaulting her” while trying to gain control of the TV’s cable cord.
According to David, the police were called to the family’s home in Maryland roughly 20 times.
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10 years ago, a psychologist was asked if he believed David Katz could turn violent.
“There is the potential … that he would hit/hurt his mother,” a doctor said in court.
But anyone else?
“No, I think Mom would be the target…” an atty said. https://t.co/Ha7l2tAGTi
— Kalani (@kalanigordon) August 28, 2018
Broken home and on psychiatric medications. Again. Killer Gamer gunman #DavidKatz shot and killed two people. He would ‘walk around house in circles and wouldn’t bathe’ https://t.co/iwolK4wMGr via @MailOnline
— VIDEO2FONE (@VIDEO2FONE) August 28, 2018
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