West Virginia man identified as victim in video game tournament shooting

'First and foremost, it is an unthinkable tragedy that Taylor Robertson and Elijah Clayton, two of our top Madden competitors, lost their lives in this way. The shooter David Katz from Baltimore, MD left three people dead, including himself and many more wounded in the crowded competition space. In a YouTube interview published by EA Sports, Robertson said he had played Madden NFL since he was ten and started playing competitively a few years ago.

A gunman opened fire Sunday at an online video game tournament as it was being livestreamed from a Florida mall, killing two people and then fatally shooting himself in an attack that sent several others to hospitals, authorities said.

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

UPDATE: EA Sports announced late Monday evening that it has canceled the three remaining qualifying rounds for its Madden Classic tournament to "review safety protocols".

"All kids love video games and I love basketball so it was just all wrapped in one dream come true", said Almashni.

In recent weeks, Katz legally purchased the two handguns he carried from a gun store in Baltimore, the sheriff said. Law enforcement was still investigating any possible motives for the shooting.

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The sheriff also said that surveillance footage showed that Sunday's attack is a "single-shooter incident".

But Kivlen and other competitors insisted most players take losses in stride and, even with cash on the line, still view it as being just a game.

The couple, who is from Country Club Hills, said they had a chilling and very close encounter with the gunman, who police identified as 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore.

"First thing that comes to mind for a lot of people was what a great athlete he was", said Andrew Evans.

Police eventually arrived on the scene and escorted Delph and about 13 other people huddled in the bathroom with him outside to safety, but not before Delph and Krill witnessed the aftermath of the carnage. "It's really just unfortunate and absolutely ridiculous", he said. "I don't know what he was doing".

Kivlen, who said he had once beaten Katz for a coveted spot in a tournament, heard secondhand from a friend that Katz was asking for his whereabouts shortly before the shooting.

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  • Arturo Norris