Jacksonville mass shooting suspect was UMD student


COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Jacksonville mass shooting suspect was a student at the University of Maryland, officials confirmed.

David Katz, who police say shot and killed two people, injured nine others and then turned the gun on himself, was previously enrolled at UMD, according to a statement from the University.

Katz enrolled beginning September 2014, but officials said he was not registered for classes for the current semester.

The statement said Katz did not live on campus and his major was Environmental Science and Technology.

“Our community grieves for the families of those who lost their lives in yesterday’s horrific shooting in Jacksonville. When our community was directly impacted by the shooting in Annapolis this summer, I said that more than silent reflection is needed to end the epidemic of gun violence in our country, and I will say that again today,” said President Wallace D. Loh in a statement Monday.

Here’s what we know about Katz, according to CNN:

  • Katz was 24 years old and from Baltimore, Maryland, authorities said.
  • He used a handgun in the shooting, according to a source close to the investigation. Police have not commented on a possible motive for the shooting.
  • Federal agents and local law enforcement officers searched Katz’s family home in the Federal Hill area of Baltimore.
  • Katz went by the gaming name “Bread,” gamers told CNN, and had previously won Madden tournaments in 2017, gamers said.
  • In February 2017, the Buffalo Bills tweeted out a picture of Katz after he won the Madden 17 Bills Championship. “Congrats to David Katz, the Madden 17 Bills Championship winner! Thanks for following along, Bills fans,” the tweet read.
  • In an interview with former Buffalo Bills player Steve Tasker, Katz talked about his skill. “I think personally I’m one of the better players,” he said.
  • The gunman’s father is an employee of NASA, according to an agency spokesperson. Richard Katz, an engineer, works in the Instrument Electronics Development Branch, which is part of the agency’s engineering directorate.
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