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Who is David Katz, the Jacksonville mass shooter?

David Bennett Katz.
David Bennett Katz.

Police have identified the suspected gunman in Sunday’s mass shooting in Jacksonville, Florida.

During an evening press conference, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced that 24-year-old David Katz is believed to have opened fire at a football video game tournament at The Landing in downtown Jacksonville.

A mass shooting at a Jacksonville, Fla., video game tournament has killed at least four people and wounded others, according to officials.

Officials said Katz turned the gun on himself after firing several bullets, killing at least two people and injuring more than a dozen others. Police said the death toll may climb.

Katz is believed to be from Baltimore, Maryland, and police say he may have stayed at a North Florida hotel overnight. The FBI and Baltimore police have raided the shooter’s home in the city’s Federal Hill neighborhood and has interviewed family members.

The Sheriff’s Office said Katz used at least one handgun. According to News4Jax, a semi-automatic weapon was found on the scene.

Earlier in the day, while Katz was competing, an announcer introduced Katz in an almost-eerie fashion.

“You are not going to see much emotion,” the announcer said. “David Katz keeps to himself. He’s a man of business. He’s not here to make friends.”

The Los Angeles Times quoted another gamer who said Sunday’s killer was a losing contestant at the Madden 19 NFL video-game tournament.

The shooter “targeted a few people” and shot at least five people, then turned the gun on himself, gamer Steven Javaruski told the Times.

Katz, who went by the name Bread, had won the Madden tournament two years ago.

Three people are dead, including the shooter, and 11 are wounded after gunshots rang out at a video game tournament in Jacksonville Sunday morning, reports say.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

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