West Virginian among dead in Jacksonville ‘Madden’ shooting

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Monroe County man was among the victims in Sunday’s mass shooting that occurred at a “Madden” video game tournament.

Multiple media reports and social media postings confirmed Taylor Robertson, 27, of Ballard, as one of the two men shot and killed.

The alleged shooter, David Katz, 24, of Baltimore, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after opening fire on players who had gathered for the e-games tournament at GLHF Game Bar in Jacksonville Landing.

Authorites reported Sunday night three bodies were found at the scene, nine victims were being treated at hospitals for gunshot wounds, while two others were injured trying to escape the shooting scene. They were all in stable condition.

Police did not release the names of the victims Sunday night but many friends of Taylor Robertson posted messages of condolences on social media and the Miami Herald named him as a victims.

An avid gamer, Robertson was known for his success in “Madden” and had played 18 games as part of the Madden community and won 72 percent of the time. His username Spotmeplzz.

Monroe County Clerk Donnie Evans posted on Facebook Sunday night seeking prayers for Robertson’s family:

Taylor Robertson graduated from James Monroe High School in 2009.

“God please be with this family and wrap your loving arms around them.”

Monroe County resident Andrew Evans wrote Robertson was “nothing but a winner.”

”I looked up to him so much when I was little as did most boys in Peterstown,” Evans wrote. “He loved his family more than anything.”

Robertson leaves behind his wife and son.

Police have yet to discuss a motive for the shooting, though they believe Katz was in Jacksonville for Madden tournament.

Robertson is the second West Virginian to die in a mass shooting in the past year. Martinsburg resident Denise Burditus died in the Las Vegas shooting last October.





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