JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Lawyers hired by a survivor of the rampage at a local play bar say they will file the first lawsuit for the slaughter that led to three deaths, including the shooter.
Lawyers Tim and Matt Morgan and James Young said their client was shot twice, but survived the robbery on Sunday. Police say David Katz, 24, also wounded 10 others before shooting himself deadly on Sunday at a "Madden NFL 19" video game contest at the GLHF Game Bar.
The bar, which takes up space at the back of a Chicago Pizza restaurant, is part of The Jacksonville Landing, a popular entertainment complex along the city's waterfront. Other areas of the complex, which were closed since the shooting, should be reopened on Tuesday.
Some employees returning to Landing peeked into the windows of Chicago Pizza. They saw tables and chairs returning to upright positions after many were overthrown by guests and players fleeing from the shootings.
The floor, which was covered with broken plates and glasses, was spotless on Tuesday. Two Chicago Pizza employees hurried past, unlocked the front door, walked in, locked and locked the door. More: Electronic Arts Cancels & # 39; Madden NFL 19 & # 39; Video Game Qualifiers
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Martin Barnett, who lives a few blocks away, said he was on Sunday standing on a sidewalk The chaos unfolded.
"I did not know what was going on, but I did not want to go that way," said Barnett, 59. Milwaukee, who often eats pizza in Chicago, called shooting pointless
"It had nothing to do with it, nothing to do with games, "said Barnett. "It was a sad day and a sad event."
He said that while the landing has struggled in recent years, with some shaken businesses and crimes in and near the open-air market, he wants it to stay open.
"I hope that does not bring the last nail into the coffin," he said. "It's just such a unique place in Jacksonville."
The Sunday Madden Contest was a qualifying event for the Madden Classic, a national competition offering hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money. The manufacturer of the Madden video game, Electronic Arts, said it will cancel the remaining three qualifiers except for a review of the security procedures
The deaths closed Taylor Robertson, 27, of Ballard, West Virginia, and Eli Clayton, 22, a Woodland Hills, California, who attended the event in Jacksonville.
"They were respected, positive and capable competitors, the epitome of players and personalities at the heart of our community," said EA CEO Andrew Wilson. "Her love of the competition has been highlighted by her participation in our events in recent years."
John Wester of the Tampa Department of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said Katz had been armed with two legally acquired handguns within the last month by a licensed dealer in Baltimore, where Katz lived.
One of the weapons had an aftermarket laser sight attached to the trigger, officials said. A livestream broadcast in Jacksonville showed a red laser spot on the victim's chest just seconds before filming began.
Divorce papers involving Katz's parents indicate that he was treated as a teenager in mental health institutions, the Associated Press reported.
The law of Maryland prohibits the sale of weapons to persons diagnosed with a mental disorder. It was not immediately clear whether Katz revealed his past psychiatric history when buying the weapons, or whether his treatment had disqualified him from the purchases.
Bacon reported on McLean, Va. Post: The Associated Press
Relatives of Jacksonville shoot victim Elijah Clayton read a statement to reporters. One cousin, Brandi Pettijohn, said the family was "destroyed by another pointless act of gun violence." She said Clayton "did not believe in violence." (27th of August)
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