The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has identified the two people killed in the mass shooting at the Jacksonville Landing yesterday.
Elijah Clayton Black, 22, of Woodland Hills, California and Taylor Robertson, 28, of Giles, West Virginia died in the shooting that took place during a video game competition, Madden NFL, held at Chicago Pizza in the shopping and entertainment center in downtown Jacksonville. Eleven others were injured in the shooting.
Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams identified the shooter as David Katz, 24, of Baltimore, Maryland, who was in town for the tournament.
During a media briefing Monday afternoon, Sheriff Williams said surveillance video shows the suspect Katz was the only shooter and targeted gamers participating in the tournament.
He was carrying two guns, one with an after market laser site attached to it, but law enforcement believe he only fired one of the guns.
The guns were purchased in Maryland legally by a licensed dealer, Williams said.
Katz later took his own life.
Authorities said 911 calls came in around 1:34 p.m. First responders were on scene within two minutes, according to the sheriff’s office. Nine of the injured sustained gunshot wounds — all are expected to survive.
Marquis Williams, 28, came from Chicago with his girlfriend to compete in the tournament. He said he was in the bar area getting ready to order a pizza when the shooting happened.
“Everyone was trying to run out the door,” Williams said. “The first shot, everybody just turned around and looked, and after the second, third, fourth shots, everyone just took off and ran for the exit.”
His girlfriend Taylor Poindexter, who was running behind him, was in shock.
“I just can’t wrap my head around the fact we were here traveling to play video games, something that we love to do, and it’s just sad that lives were lost because of it,” Poindexter said.
The couple said they were thankful to be out of the situation alive, because some of the gamers they met weren’t so lucky.
“We (Williams and the other gamers) were just talking about the game, talking about our experiences, talking about what brings us down to Jacksonville. Just cracking jokes, doing things that us as young, the younger generation like to do,” Williams said.
Javari Long, 23, of Jacksonville was heading to the tournament to meet up with friends when he heard gun shots and saw people running and screaming
“It was a horrible feeling, I saw people laying down on the ground,” Long said.
For some of the residents that live minutes from Jacksonville Landing, they said they couldn’t believe this happened down the street.
“It’s crazy how it can still happen so close to you and like you can just be out eating at a restaurant, and then boom,” Jessica Dyal, Jacksonville resident, said.
Governor Rick Scott offered to help the sheriff’s office, while FDLE investigates.
I’ve spoken to @JSOPIO Mike Williams to offer any state resources he may need. FDLE is currently responding, and I have spoken to FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen regarding the shooting in Jacksonville. We will continue to receive updates from law enforcement.
— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) August 26, 2018
He later tweeted that he spoke with President Donald Trump regarding the shooting saying the president “offered any federal resources needed to respond.”
Hours later, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said there’s a lot left to do as the city grieves.
“Today, this evening, and tonight, Jacksonville is mourning,” Curry said. “We have faced an occurrence that is all too common that will require us to continue to do the hard work of public safety to make sure that people are safe.”
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the FBI and and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are continuing the investigation in Jacksonville and Maryland.