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The suspect in a mass shooting that left two people dead and 12 with bullet wounds at a Madden 19 e-games tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, on Sunday, carried two handguns and extra ammunition into the contest venue and specifically targeted his competition, authorities said Monday.

The two people killed in the shooting allegedly committed by David Katz, 24, inside a back room bar at a Chicago Pizza restaurant in the Jacksonville Landing mall were considered the top two Madden gamers in the world, a competitor wounded in the rampage told ABC News.

The article goes on to state the following:

“The suspect clearly targeted other gamers that were in a back room at the Chicago Pizza participating in this gaming tournament,” Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said of Katz at a news conference Monday afternoon. “The suspect walked passed patrons who were in other parts of the business and focused his attention on the gamers.”

Meanwhile, court records obtained by ABC News in Baltimore from a divorce and child custody battle between Katz’s parents show that Katz was treated in 2011 for mental health issues and that his mother informed the court that her son was suffering from depression and “affective disorders.” Records also show that David Katz was once prescribed the antidepressants Risperdal and Fluoxetine.

Sheriff Williams said Katz was armed with two handguns, a .45-caliber and a 9mm, one with a laser scope, on Sunday, but investigators believe he only used one of the weapons in the attack.

ABC News also reported details on Katz’s past mental health treatment issues:

“It was clear from the testimony of both Mr. and Mrs. Katz that David had an extremely strong negative reaction both to Mrs. Katz taking David Katz to various mental health care professionals and Mrs. Katz giving him psychiatric drugs,” according to court records detailing a hearing in the Katz’s divorce.

In April 2005, Katz’s mother, Elizabeth Katz, called the police because her son was refusing mental health counseling, according to the records. A lawyer for his father, Richard Katz, argued that David Katz was then “faced with the prospect of being put in handcuffs by the police,” according to the records.

“Instead of going to school, David was placed in a psychiatric day-care program,” according to court records of one hearing in the Katz’s divorce.

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