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Glen Norman
August 28, 2018

Multiple people have been killed and one suspect is dead in shooting at a popular waterfront mall in Jacksonville, Florida, where a video game tournament was being held.

Eli "Truboy" Clayton and Taylor "SpotMePlzzz" Robertson have been identified on social media as the two gamers killed in the Jacksonville Landing mass shooting.

Both Robertson and Clayton have profiles on EA Sports' Madden competitive page.

Court records obtained by The Associated Press show that a man accused of killing two people and then himself at a video gaming competition in Florida had been hospitalized for mental illness. According to local news outlet News4Jax, there are at least nine people injured. A rival of the shooter recalled that the 24-year-old didn't talk much with fellow gamers, either online or when they met face-to-face for tournaments.

A man who said he defeated Katz in the tournament told CBS affiliate WJAX that Katz was a "well-known competitor", but that he kept to himself and didn't interact with anyone else at the weekend event.

According to his player profile on EA Sports, Robertson was from Ballard, West Virginia.

Katz was active in gaming tournaments, and went by the nickname "Bread".

"I just want to see the churches, all these pastors that I know and the leaders in this community say, 'enough is enough, ' and mandate like I want to do to leaders like me that we need to put prayer back in the schools", he said. "We send our love, condolences, and deepest sense of sorrow to Elijah's Family and Friends", the team tweeted. She and others in Clayton's family flew to Jacksonville from California on Sunday night.

He says he has no immediate motive for the shooting.

Tony Montagnino, who goes by "G-Tech", said that he got struck twice in the lower body: "One went through. Life can be cut short in a second".

"Jacksonville Sheriff Michael Williams said 911 calls on the Jacksonville shooting came in at 1:34 p.m. ET".

A tweet by National Football League team Buffalo Bills two years ago shows a picture of a man named David Katz holding up a t-shirt that says "Madden champ", with the caption: "Congrats to David Katz, the Madden 17 Bills Championship victor!"

A February 2017 tweet from the Bills' official Twitter account shows a David Katz posing with his winner's jersey.

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