Remaining Madden Classic qualifying events canceled after Jacksonville shooting

Faith Castro
August 29, 2018

David Katz, of Baltimore, Maryland, recently purchased a 9 mm pistol and.45-caliber handgun, along with extra ammunition, but only used one weapon in the attack, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said in a news conference Monday.

The murder-suicide occurred during a Madden NFL 19 video game tournament in a restaurant at the Jacksonville Landing, a waterfront retail and entertainment complex in downtown Jacksonville. His family spoke to reporters earlier Monday.

It is unclear what kind of security was provided for Sunday's event in Jacksonville.

Instead the 24-year-old was eliminated, according to witnesses, who say he later returned with a handgun and opened fire.

EA's chief executive Andrew Wilson said he was "filled with shock and grief" over the killings in Florida.

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"When I took his gaming equipment controllers away so he couldn't play at three or four in the morning, I'd get up and find that he was just walking around the house in circles".

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"If you mention the name Taylor Robertson around here on a Friday night, there's not a soul that's not going to remember him and remember what a tremendous impact he had on our community", Evans said. "You've just got to put in the time".

President Trump offered condolences to the victims of the shooting during a dinner with Christian leaders on August 27. They bonded because both of them played games on a PlayStation 4 - which put them at odds with many gamers who prefer Microsoft's Xbox. The Lord is a comforter and it will take time to heal.

Other high profile gamers, game companies, and game industry insiders expressed their shock and anger as well.

"I saw this picture of him in a Titans jersey, and found out he was a fan", Henry said while showing the photo on his phone.

"He was the most humble human being to have the abilities and the talents that he did", Evans said. Virginia is an open-carry state, but Wiltshire said if any attendee brings a gun - even with their concealed carry permit - they will not be allowed in the venue.

"The closeness of this tragedy shatters any sense of safety created by the distance of other shootings", First Baptist senior pastor Dr. Heath Lambert said of the recent bloodshed. "I don't know what he was doing".

Soon after the gunfire erupted, police were there in about a minute, he said.

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