Killer opened fire after being knocked out of gamer tournament

Grant Boone
August 29, 2018

EA Sports CEO Andrew Wilson cited "a comprehensive review of safety protocols for competitors and spectators" in a statement announcing the cancellations Monday evening.

As of right now, the sheriff said there is no concrete motive and no indication this was something Katz planned in advance.

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"To have it all ruined in one second by someone who just went over the edge, for whatever reason, it doesn't really matter, that's absolutely awful", said Davis.

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams has declined to comment on why Katz opened fire inside a gaming bar connected to a pizzeria at The Jacksonville Landing, a collection of restaurants and shops along the St. Johns River.

Clayton, who hailed from California's Woodland Hills, played under the moniker TrueBoy or True and was described in his player bio as "one of the perennial top competitors in the scene".

Katz would sometimes play under the name "Bread" or "RavensChamp" while competing in the national circuit of professional gamers who play "Madden NFL 19", the popular football game.

Electronic Arts, which includes the EA Sports division, said in a statement Monday that the deaths of Clayton and Robertson "are an inconceivable tragedy".

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"@SirusTheVirusTV and @fitzmagic13 dad are heroes", said pro "Madden" player Jokeeee.

Gamer Derek Jones, who lost to Robertson in the 2016 tournament, said his onetime rival was "one of the nicest people I ever met".

"You are not going to see much emotion", an announcer said earlier as an introduction for Katz, the "Miami Herald" reported. "You've just got to put in the time".

Federal law requires gun buyers to disclose whether they have ever been involuntarily committed to a mental institution. "Please take time to support each other through this challenging time", added Wilson.

The massacre was the latest in a series of high-profile shootings in the state, following the killing of 17 students and educators at a high school in February and of 49 people at an Orlando nightclub in 2016.

"He was weird all weekend, I mean he had shades on, he just - he didn't speak to anybody", the man said. "I couldn't image him doing such thing".

Williams said Katz had two handguns with him - one a.45-caliber and the other a 9mm - but he only used one in the attack despite having extra ammunition.

The FBI and Baltimore Police raided his home and interviewed family members, the agencies said on social media.

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