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The gunman who opened fire on a “Madden NFL 19” tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, on Sunday was hospitalized previously for mental illness, according to court records.
Divorce filings from the parents of 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore showed that as a teenager he was hospitalized twice in psychiatric facilities and was prescribed anti-psychotic and anti-depressant medications, The Associated Press first reported Monday.
The article goes on to state the following:
Katz, a competitor at the gaming event, had two handguns and extra ammunition inside the restaurant where the competition was taking place, officials said at a news conference Monday afternoon.
Katz legally purchased his firearms — .45 caliber and 9mm handguns — in Baltimore, Maryland, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams told reporters. He bought them within the past month from a licensed dealer, officials said.
“One of [the guns Katz used] did have like an after market laser sight that attaches to the trigger guard,” Williams added.
The video gamer who allegedly shot up a Madden tournament in Jacksonville, FL, was previously hospitalized for mental illness.https://t.co/tuJXXROda5
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 27, 2018
— JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) August 27, 2018
The records show the suspected Madden shooter’s parents disagreed deeply on how to care for their troubled son. Katz’s father claimed his estranged wife was exaggerating symptoms of mental illness as part of the couple’s long-running custody battle. https://t.co/DLvM9RkPeQ
— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) August 27, 2018
Jacksonville shooter David Katz was hospitalized twice for mental illness, records say https://t.co/6kCnkr2sWw
— Tampa Bay Times (@TB_Times) August 27, 2018
Wow. What a shock. Madden shooter had been hospitalized for mental illness: https://t.co/jpOtYVmQXz
— Howard Adamsky (@howardadamsky) August 27, 2018
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