Jacksonville Shooting



Many are still mourning the deaths of two innocents victims who lost their lives Sunday afternoon at an eSports event in Jacksonville. The victims were identified as Eli Clayton, 22, and Taylor Robertson, 27.

Earlier on Monday, David Katz was identified as a suspect before it was later revealed he was the shooter that left about a dozen other gamers injured aside from the two dead. Although no one knows his motive to the killings, it was uncovered by police on Monday that he had suffered from mental health issues, taking two antidepressant medications and an antipsychotic medication. In a 2006 court filing, a therapist said Katz had gone through a “psychotic crisis” and was receiving treatment, according to his parents’ divorce records.

Katz, who suffered from these mental issues, was able to legally purchase two weapons, including one with laser sight in one of the states with the toughest laws.

The state of Maryland requires everyone who wishes to purchase a firearm, to go through a fingerprint background check and take training classes to ensure they’re equipped to possess the firearm. The laws also have to make sure the person buying the firearm doesn’t have a history of a violent past, which all evidence uncovered thus far has pointed to Katz having a very violent past.

“The fact that even with all the “laws” in one of the states that’s considered to have the toughest laws in order to purchase a firearm, would still have inadequate background checkings, though stating otherwise, just proves to show that laws don’t enforce anything like they might say that, in the case of Katz and his purchase of a firearm, despite his violent past,” said Yesenia Vizguerra (‘20).

The shooting happened just as the event was going to their Twitter to livestream the event when shots rang out, sending everyone to duck. Although some say there was no motive, a fellow gamer at the event, who was shot in the foot, Alexander Madunic, said that Katz had earlier lost while competing in a video game tournament and was mad about his loss.

Another gamer who was at the event, Jacob Mitich, has filed a lawsuit against the company EA sports, the event hosts and its organizers. Mitich accompanied his lawsuit with a 49-page complaint which read: “He trusted the event host and organizers, and believed that he was walking into a safe space.”

EA sports, a video game developer and publisher called the event: “ a senseless act of violence.” EA also donated $1 million to the victims of the shooting as well as their families. NFL star Mike Evans will face off with a gamer to help raise funds after the shooting that took away the lives of two of his close friends.

“The shooting was another act of violence that isn’t necessary, the amount of shootings that happened is so sad and losing innocent people is just as devastating,” said Mariana Cardoso (‘19).

It’s without doubt that the shooting was a tragedy, leaving people to question where exactly they’re safe.