JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Meredith/AP)– Authorities have released the names of 2 men eliminated in a shooting rampage at a video game tournament in Florida.
The Jacksonville Constable’s Office determined the victims Monday as 22-year-old Elijah Clayton of Woodland Hills, California, and 28-year-old Taylor Robertson of Giles, West Virginia.
Relatives of Clayton read a declaration to press reporters in Jacksonville. A cousin, Brandi Pettijohn, stated the family was “ravaged by yet another ridiculous act of gun violence.” She stated Clayton “did not believe in violence.”
“He never even had a fistfight.”
Pettijohn stated Clayton made a great living playing in video game competitions and was conserving money for college.
Sheriff Mike Williams said 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore specifically targeted fellow players attending the competition before eliminating himself. Katz’s intention remains unidentified.
A gunman opened fire Sunday at an online computer game tournament as it was being livestreamed from a Florida shopping center, eliminating two people then fatally shooting himself in an attack that sent out numerous others to hospitals, authorities stated.
Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said authorities believe 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore performed the attack utilizing a minimum of one pistol at the Jacksonville Landing, a collection of dining establishments and shops along the St. Johns River. Williams said the man died from a self-inflicted gunshot, adding last verification of the suspect’s identity was still pending as the FBI was assisting the investigation in Baltimore.
Nine other individuals were wounded by shooting and all remained in steady condition Sunday evening after going to hospitals, Williams stated. He added that two others were injured as people looked for to flee the shooting in the panic and chaos that ensued.
Katz was in Jacksonville for the “Madden NFL 19” computer game competition, authorities said. The games maker, EA Sports, notes a David Katz as a 2017 champion winner.
The competition was held in a video gaming bar that shares area with a pizzeria. Viewers might see the video games online and see the players.
Detectives were checking out online video that appeared to record the scene right prior to the shooting started, Williams stated. A red dot that seems a laser guideline shows up on the chest of a gamer seconds prior to the very first of about a lots gunshots calls out.
Marquis Williams, 28, and his sweetheart, Taylor Poindexter, 26, both from Chicago, were ordering pizza at the bar when they heard the very first shot.
“At first we believed it was a balloon popping, however there weren’t any balloons in the space,” said Williams, who had participated in the competition earlier. “Then we heard repeat shots and we removed running.” Williams included: “The first shot everyone simply turned and looked. After the 2nd, third and 4th shots, everybody took off and ran for the exits.”
Taylor Poindexter, an ambitious gamer, stated she had hoped to acquire some experience at the tournament. She stated she never saw the face of the guy who was shooting. But she remembered, “We did see him with two hands on a weapon strolling back simply popping rounds.”
He stated the 2 went to a close-by restaurant where workers were waving people in, hiding in a bathroom until police showed up.
Jason Lake, the founder and CEO of compLexity, a company that owns expert e-sports groups, said on Twitter that one of his gamers, 19-year-old Drini Gjoka, was shot in the thumb.
Gjoka tweeted: “The tourney simply got soared. Im leavinng and never returning.” Then: “I am actually so fortunate. The bullet struck my thumb. Worst day of my life.”
On Sunday night, an FBI official in Baltimore confirmed that its representatives were searching the family home of the male authorities said they think lagged the attack. An FBI representative, Dave Fitz, stated agents had actually gone to the house of the man’s father in Baltimore. He decreased to launch specifics, pointing out the continuous investigation.
In Washington, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated President Donald Trump had actually been briefed on the attack and the White House was keeping track of the situation.
The Jacksonville Landing, in the heart of the city’s downtown, also hosts shows and other entertainment. It was the site of a Trump rally in 2015, early in his project for the White Home.
The constable’s office used Twitter and Facebook immediately after the shooting to alert people to stay far and to ask anyone who was concealing to call 911. Cops likewise barricaded a three-block radius around the shopping center and authorities boats patrolled the neighboring river. Authorities also took up positions on a bridge overlooking the river.
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