Police search for motive in Florida mass shooting

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"He was just there to play".

Witnesses told local media that the gunman, identified by police as David Katz (24) of Baltimore, was a disgruntled gamer, angry because he lost Sunday's tournament.

Two years ago a gunman killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

"Many of us at EA knew Elijah and Taylor well, and their positive, competitive spirit and respect for other players were evident to everyone". Williams said investigators were reviewing the footage as evidence and encouraged the public to turn in any additional videos that could help with the investigation.

The boy sometimes "curled up into a ball", refused to attend school and sobbed, Mrs Katz said. There, he majored in environmental science and technology, but he was not registered for fall classes, the school said Monday. Bill Nelson issued a statement after Sunday's shooting saying "Word of another tragic mass shooting in our state brings shock and outrage."Ryan Alemon said he was in the bar when at least one gunman began shooting."Everyone was running, they were dropping because they were getting shot", Alemon told CNN". Marquis Williams said people trampled one another in the panic while trying to get away.

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. Heavily armed agents, some in bulletproof vests, could be seen entering the upscale townhome complex near Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

Divorce filings from the parents of 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore say that as an adolescent he was twice hospitalized in psychiatric facilities and that he was prescribed anti-psychotic and antidepressant medications.

Shay Kivlen of Seattle traveled to Jacksonville, Florida, for the weekend "Madden NFL 19" tournament. She said Clayton "did not believe in violence".

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.

"He loved football, and out of all the videogames he could play, he settled on and mastered 'Madden, '" Pettijohn said.

ESports is a massive billion-dollar industry with several hundred million fans.

For successful players, significant money is at stake. The main event was scheduled to take place in Las Vegas in October, but its unclear if that will move forward.

The two men killed in the attack were identified as 22-year-old Elijah Clayton of Woodland Hills, Calif., and 28-year-old Taylor Robertson of West Virginia.

The sheriff said all of the victims who were injured would recover. They say one person was treated for a "non-gunshot-related" injury.

Gunshots can be heard in recordings from the tournament on the bar's Twitch account, which was streaming the competition. Kivlen said some gamers rely on that money to make ends meet.

A friend hiding in a bathroom at the venue answered his phone. "Their love of competition was evident through their participation in our events over the past few years".

Gjoka tweeted: "The tourney just got shot up".

He added: "They might be rivals in the game, but everyone's a family".

Authorities have released the names of two men killed in a shooting rampage at a video game tournament in Florida.

Devin Jett of Washington, D.C., who has been playing Madden since 2006 and participates in organized events, said most of the people who compete have played together; some even work on strategy together, a practice called "labbing".

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