David Katz

Sunday afternoon David Katz, a 24-year-old gunman opened fire at an EA Madden Sports NFL 19 video game tournament. The Jacksonville killer killed three people (including himself) and injured nine others. Reports suggest he purchased two handguns legally in the state of Maryland earlier this month; he only used one of them in Jacksonville. Records also suggest he had been treated for mental illness as a teen in the aftermath of his parents’ divorce:

David Katz, the 24-year-old gunman who opened fire at a video game tournament, had previously been hospitalized for mental illness, according to court records in his home state of Maryland reviewed by The Associated Press. Divorce filings from his parents say Katz was hospitalized twice in psychiatric facilities as an adolescent and said he was prescribed antipsychotic and antidepressant medications.

The records show Katz’s parents disagreed on how to care for their troubled son, with his father claiming his estranged wife was exaggerating symptoms of mental illness as part of their long and bitter custody battle. The couple divorced in 2007.

Authorities have declined to comment on the gunman’s motives. What we do know is that he appeared angry after being eliminated early in the video game tournament.


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