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What we know about shooting at Madden tournament in Jacksonville

Gunman kills 2, himself; 11 others injured

A shooting occured at a downtown shopping-dining complex in Jacksonville on Aug. 26, 2018.
A shooting occured at a downtown shopping-dining complex in Jacksonville on Aug. 26, 2018. (Malik Brunson via CNN)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The latest confirmed information on a fatal mass shooting at riverfront mall in Jacksonville where at least 11 people were shot.

MONDAY

1:25 p.m.

A gaming rival of the man blamed for a deadly shooting rampage at a video game tournament says he's baffled that anyone he had competed against online would resort to bloodshed.

Shay Kivlen of Seattle traveled to Jacksonville, Florida, for the weekend "Madden NFL 19" tournament. He was resting at his hotel Sunday when authorities say a gunman killed two people at the venue and wounded nine others before fatally shooting himself.

Authorities identified the shooter as David Katz of Baltimore. Kivlen said he's heard plenty of rumors. A friend told him that he'd heard Katz was asking about Kivlen before the shootings.

Kivlen says gamers competing for cash feel pressure, but most still see it as a game.

He said: "In `Madden,' you never get so mad at a loss that you would want to do that."

10:15 a.m.

A gaming rival of the former gaming champion suspected of killing two competitors, wounding nine others and killing himself recalled him as "being kind of different."

Shane Kivlen was the best friend of one of the gamers who was killed in Sunday's shooting at Jacksonville Landing in Florida.

Kivlen tells The Associated Press that David Katz, 24, didn't talk much with fellow gamers, either online or when they met face-to-face for Madden tournaments. He says much of what he and others knew of Katz, they learned from his baffling style of playing the game.

Kivlen says Katz was smart, "but something was off about him."

He says Katz wasn't known to trash talk with rivals. But after winning a championship last year, Kivlen says Katz "got up and let out the weirdest scream ever."

Kivlen was at his Jacksonville hotel when the shooting happened Sunday.

8 a.m.

A day after a gunman from Baltimore opened fire at a video game tournament in Jacksonville, more information is coming out about the victims.

Social media and multiple published reports have identified the men as Taylor Robertson, 27, and Eli Clayton, 22.

Read more about them here.

7:45 a.m.

We're learning more about the gunman suspected of carrying out Sunday's mass shooting targeting a Madden NFL 19 tournament at the Jacksonville Landing.

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said David Katz, 24, of Baltimore, appears to have acted alone in the rampage that killed two people and wounded several others.

Here's how commentators commentators at a previous gaming tournament described Katz:

"Man, David Katz keeps to himself. He's a man of business. Here's not here for the experience. ... He's not here to make friends. He's all business, he's focused. To even get him to open up to you to talk about anything is like pulling teeth."

Katz, who was found dead at the scene Sunday, took his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside the downtown Jacksonville venue, Williams said.

SUNDAY

10 p.m.

Heavily armed agents have entered a Baltimore townhouse, the home of the father of the suspect in a deadly shooting at a video game tournament in Jacksonville.

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said investigators believe 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore was the shooter in an attack Sunday afternoon that left three people dead, including the suspect with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Eleven others were reported injured.

An FBI spokesman, Dave Fitz, confirmed agents had gone to the upscale townhouse home. But he did not immediately release any other specifics, citing an ongoing investigation.

The agents could be seen inside the home Sunday evening near Baltimore's Inner Harbor. They wore bulletproof vests and carried rotating machine guns. Reporters who gathered outside did not see any authorities carrying any bags of evidence outside.

8:30 p.m.

An FBI official in Baltimore has confirmed that agents are searching the family home of the man authorities believe was behind a deadly shooting attack at a video game tournament at a Florida mall.

An FBI spokesman, Dave Fitz, says agents have gone to the suspect's father's house in Baltimore, hours after Sunday's mass shooting in Jacksonville, Florida. He did not immediately release any other specifics, citing an ongoing investigation.

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said earlier Sunday that investigators believe 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore was the shooter. The sheriff says three people were killed Sunday, including the suspect, who died from a self-inflicted gunshot.

T.J. Smith is the chief spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department. He says he could only confirm that the mid-Atlantic city's force was assisting law enforcement partners "with some information that has led authorities to Baltimore."

 7:45 p.m.

The Jacksonville sheriff says three people were killed, including the gunman, during a mass shooting at a video game tournament at a north Florida mall.

Sheriff Mike Williams said Sunday evening he believed the shooter is 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore. He said the FBI was searching the man's home as part of the investigation.

Williams said nine other people were wounded by gunfire and are in stable condition and two others were hurt while fleeing the shots. He says the suspect died from a self-inflicted gunshot.

William said Katz committed the shooting with a single handgun. He said Katz was in Jacksonville for the "Madden NFL 19" video game tournament. The games maker, EA Sports, lists a David Katz as a 2017 championship winner.

6:45 p.m.

A Chicago man says people trampled each other while fleeing the gunfire that broke out at a Florida mall during a video game tournament.

Twenty-year-old Marquis Williams says he and his girlfriend, Taylor Poindexter, also of Chicago, were ordering pizza close by when shots erupted. He said Sunday that he didn't think it was gunfire at first.

Says William, "Initially we thought it was a balloon popping, but there weren't any balloons in the room. Then we heard repeat shots and we took off running."

Williams had participated earlier Sunday in the gaming tournament where authorities say a mass shooting claimed multiple fatalities. He says he got a view of the back of the shooter in a green shirt.

He describes people running in the panic to escape. He says it was then that he scuffed his leg and that Poindexter was treated at a hospital for a sprained ankle. They later returned, hoping to retrieve her cell phone, but the scene was cordoned off by authorities.

5:55 p.m.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says President Donald Trump has called him, offering any federal help needed in response to a mass shooting during a video game tournament in Jacksonville.

Scott spokesman John Tupps said the governor also spoke Sunday with Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and Sheriff Mike Williams.

The governor is preparing to fly from his home in Naples to Jacksonville and meet with investigators. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Florida Highway Patrol have been directed to help with the investigation.

An official close to the investigation said Sunday's shooting at a riverfront mall in Jacksonville has left four people dead.

4:55 p.m.

A source close to the investigation says a mass shooting during a video game tournament at a Jacksonville, Florida, riverfront mall has left four people dead.

The source says the person who opened fire died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The source spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to release information on the shooting. It wasn't immediately clear if the source was including the suspect in the death toll.

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said at a news conference Sunday afternoon that the suspect, a white male whose identity authorities are still seeking to confirm, had died. He did not elaborate, but said the shooting site had since been secured.

Several other people were taken to hospitals.

Sounds of the shooting were captured as the gaming tournament was being livestreamed.

4:45 p.m.

Florida authorities say they've finished clearing the scene of a fatal mass shooting at a riverfront mall in Jacksonville and there are no additional suspects.

Speaking to reporters Sunday afternoon, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams says a suspect is dead at the scene and they are still working to identify the male.

The sheriff's office says the shooting, which erupted during a video game tournament, has left multiple dead and sent others to the hospital. Williams did not give any details on the number of people killed or wounded.

4:45 p.m.

It didn't take long for some Democratic candidates for governor to issue statements on a mass shooting in Jacksonville that left multiple people dead.

In the wake of the Feb. 14 Parkland school shooting that left 17 dead, gun violence has been a major issue ahead of Tuesday's primary election, in which voters will pick the Republican and Democratic nominees to replace outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

Former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham sent an email to supporters that said the only way to end mass shootings is to "vote out the politicians complicit in this cycle of death."

Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine also released a statement saying, "I am horrified and I am furious" and that it's time for new leaders.

Video game manufacturer Electronic Arts tweeted, "This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved."

3:10 p.m.

Florida authorities say one suspect is dead at the scene after a fatal mass shooting at a riverfront mall in Jacksonville.

But on its Twitter feed, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says it's unknown at this time if there's a second suspect and searches are being conducted.

The sheriff's office says multiple people have been killed in the shooting.

The department says to "stay far away from the area. The area is not safe at this time. STAY AWAY." They also warned news media to stay away from the area, which contains restaurants and shops along the St. Johns River.

2:55 p.m.

Florida authorities are reporting a multiple people dead and "many transported" to hospitals after a mass shooting at a riverfront mall in Jacksonville.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office used Twitter and Facebook to warn people to stay away from the Jacksonville Landing.

The department says to "stay far away from the area. The area is not safe at this time. STAY AWAY."

The sheriff's office didn't provide any other information, but also warned news media to stay away from the area, which contains restaurants and shops along the St. Johns River.

 2:40 p.m.

Florida authorities are reporting a mass shooting at a riverfront mall in Jacksonville.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office used Twitter and Facebook to warn people to stay away from the Jacksonville Landing.

The department says to "stay far away from the area. The area is not safe at this time. STAY AWAY."

The sheriff's office didn't provide any other information, but also warned news media to stay away from the area, which contains restaurants and shops along the St. Johns River.