On August 26, 2018, a gunman opened fire at a Madden 19 video game tournament inside the Jacksonville landing, killing two men and injuring at least 10 others before killing himself.
The victims have been identified as 27-year-old Taylor Robertson, a husband and father from West Virginia and 22-year-old Eli Clayton from California. their gamertags were "Spotmeplzzz" and "Trueboy."
In 2017, Clayton was a part of the sectional qualifiers at what was then Everbank Field, where he qualified as one of eight finalists. He was presented a check for $3,500 Jaxson de Ville. He began following the Jags after meeting Marqise Lee according to The Florida Times-Union.
The tournament was a regional qualifier for EA Sports, the company that manufactures the game, which other tournaments to come in Virginia, California and Texas. The tournament has several rounds but was slated to have it's live finals on April 20, 2019 in Redwood City, California with a $5,000 prize pool according to the EA Sports website.
@moonlightswami on Twitter had this to say about it:
"I can't get the image of -Trueboy smiling, enjoying the tournament, totally unaware of what was about to happen- out of my head. Such senseless violence breaks my heart."
Clayton can be seen in the video which was live streamed on Twitch playing the game before hearing gun fire and the players controllers disconnecting.
The gunman, David Katz, 24, was from Baltimore to play in the tournament. Witnesses state that after he lost in the first round of the tournament he became upset, which is what allegedly led him to begin shooting.