Jacksonville Shooter Had History of Mental Illness, Obtained Guns Legally - Dexerto

Jacksonville Shooter Had History of Mental Illness, Obtained Guns Legally

Published: 28/Aug/2018 13:10 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 17:15

by Chris Marsh


The gunman who opened fire on a Madden 19 tournament on Sunday had a history of mental illness but obtained guns legally.

David Katz, 24, killed two competitors at the tournament in Jacksonville, and injured multiple others, before turning the weapon on himself and taking his own life.

Now, according to multiple reports, it has come to light that Katz was hospitalized twice as a teenager in psychiatric facilities and prescribed antidepressant and antipsychotic medication.

The information reportedly comes from court records relating to Katz’s parents’ divorce in 2007, according to reports from the Associated Press.

The parents appear to have strongly disagreed with each other on how to care for their son, with the father claiming that his estranged wife was exaggerating the illness as part of their custody battle.


Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams also revealed that the shooter was able to purchase his firearms, a .45 caliber handgun and a 9mm handgun, legally from a licensed dealer within a month of his devastating attack

Williams went on to explain that only one of the weapons was used, that one of them had an aftermarket laser sight that attached to the trigger guard, and that it was clear that Katz “targeted other gamers at the event”.

Katz was a player in the Madden tournament and was eliminated in the early stages, but police investigating the shooting say that they have not yet determined a motive for his attack.

Eli Clayton, 22, and Taylor Roberston, 28, have been identified as the competitors that lost their lives in the fatal shooting. Both were well known within the Madden community, with EA stating “their deaths are an inconceivable tragedy”.


Police hunt for suspect after hoax hostage situation at Ubisoft Montreal

Published: 13/Nov/2020 19:45 Updated: 14/Nov/2020 0:37

by Theo Salaun


Reports indicate that there is an ongoing hostage situation involving dozens of people at Ubisoft Montreal’s headquarters in the Mile-End neighborhood of Montreal, Quebec. There have been no confirmed injuries.

Update (7:35 p.m. ET): Ubisoft Montreal have released a statement regarding the hostage situation. “We are extremely relieved this was resolved without incident and we’d like to thank you all for your support and kind words.”

No injuries were reported at the offices. Montreal Police are launching a full investigation into the call.

Update (5:04 p.m. ET): All of the Ubisoft Montreal’s building occupants are being safely evacuated by Montreal’s police force and the police have joined local news in suggesting that the situation was, in fact, a hoax perpetrated by a call within the Ubisoft headquarters. No suspect has been identified or apprehended at this point, but the SPVM are actively investigating.

Update (4:04 p.m. ET): While local news outlets are reporting that the hostage situation was a hoax, Montreal’s police force have indeed confirmed that there appears to be no active threat and that the building’s occupants are being evacuated.

Update (3:33 p.m. ET): Little is known about the police force’s ongoing activity in attempts to enter the building, but CTV News reports that Ubisoft’s employees have been told, via company memo, to “hide in an area that locks and to keep quiet.”

Update (3:00 p.m. ET): Heavily armed Montreal police tactical units are approaching the building and preparing to make entry. Dozens of employees remain on roof and no injuries or negotiations with the suspects have been reported thus far.

Update (November 13, 2020 at 2:49 p.m. ET): Police appear to have barricaded off the daycare at Ubisoft Montreal’s headquarters, at least 50 employees have barricaded themselves atop the building’s roof, and tactical police units have blocked off surrounding streets and appear to be preparing to make entry. Current reports indicate that there have been no injuries thus far, according to local news on the scene.

With numerous reports and tweets from local news and Ubisoft Montreal employees, respectively, it appears that a hostage situation is unfolding at the company’s headquarters but that all employees are safe. 

In the afternoon, it was reported by Quebec’s TVA Nouvelles that dozens of hostages were being held at Ubisoft Montreal’s building on Saint Laurent Boulevard. This ongoing situation was echoed by Montreal’s police department, who put out public announcements to avoid the area due to the police’s efforts there.

Shortly after, numerous employees, including Programming Project Lead Gavin Young and a Production Marketer for Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, tweeted that they were indeed safe and sound despite what was happening in the building.

Although ‘Valskuiken’ tweeted that they would be going home, it appears that a large conglomerate of employees have made their ways to the building’s roof and have barricaded themselves up there by blocking off the door to the exterior.

Further, reports from TVA Nouvelles indicate that a ransom request has been made by the suspects, but it is unclear what has come of it as police continue to operate in the vicinity.

At present, it appears that numerous employees are safe but it is unclear what is precisely happening with the situation given the multi-floor building’s space and large occupancy. At least 50 employees have made it to the roof, wherereports show they are holding up safely. However, in anticipation of the police force making entry into the building, it seems that ambulances and a tactical police force are arriving to the scene.

As reports indicate, the tactical forces approaching the building include numerous police officers, tactical police units, and heavier vehicles. There have been no indications of injuries thus far, so it appears that the ambulances are predominantly a precautionary measure.

We will be continuing to update this page with updates as they come in and as the Montreal police force and local news provide information to the public about the current circumstances.