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A gunman who opened fire at an online video game tournament after losing a match, killing two people then shooting himself, had bragged about being ‘one of the better players’ at last year’s tournament.
David Katz, 24, of Baltimore, carried out the shooting spree with a handgun on Sunday afternoon at the Jacksonville Landing complex in Jacksonville, Florida.
According to friends in the gaming community, the two men Katz killed in the tournament were Taylor ‘SpotMePlzzz’ Robertson, 27, of Ballard, West Virginia and Eli ‘Trueboy’ Clayton, 22, of Woodland Hills, California.
The article goes on to state the following:
Katz – also known as ‘Bread’ – was in Jacksonville for the Madden NFL 19 video game tournament that was being held in a gaming bar that shares space with a pizzeria.
After defeating the number two seed 41-7 in the Bills Madden Club Round in Buffalo, New York, he told a reporter: ‘I don’t think of myself as a 7th seed.
‘I think personally, I’m one of the better players – and I like to let my game prove that. I understand the game really well. My opponent probably should’ve called his timeouts… I took advantage that he didn’t.’
Katz won $10,000 at the Buffalo Bills Madden Club tournament but lost in the quarter-finals in California, the New York Post reports.
When asked if he was nervous during the game in Buffalo, he said: ‘Honestly, I felt like I had the ball most of the game. I wasn’t really doing too much on defense.’
Shane Kivlen, one of Katz’s gaming rivals and also the best friend of a gamer killed on Sunday, recalled the shooter as ‘being kind of different’ and said ‘something was off about him’.
Kivlen told the Associated Press that Katz didn’t talk much with fellow gamers, either online or when they met face-to-face for Madden tournaments, and much of what they learned about him was from his baffling style of playing the game.
He said Katz wasn’t known to trash talk with rivals but after winning a championship last year he ‘got up and let out the weirdest scream ever’.
An announcer for one of the gaming tournaments Katz previously played in described him as being ‘not here to make friends’.
‘He’s all business, he’s focused, and to even get him to open up to talk to you about anything – it’s like pulling teeth, man,’ the announcer said.
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The look in his eyes the twitching everything about the guy screams mass murderer…. Sickening what a scumbag this guy is ravenchamp David katz pic.twitter.com/7isZ3pNRQz
— 2Kanes🇸🇳🇧🇷🇪🇬 (@JusTWriGhT92x) August 27, 2018
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