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Jacksonville, FL: Mall shooter had history of mental health problems and psychotropic drug use

Aug 27, 2018, KVEO, Brownsville, TX: AP News Break: Shooting suspect had history of mental illness https://www.kveo.com/news/apnewsbreak-shooting-suspect-had-history-of-mental-illness/1399874514 The suspect in a deadly shooting at a Florida video game tournament had previously been hospitalized for mental illness, according to court records in his home state of Maryland reviewed by The Associated Press. Divorce filings from the parents of 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore say that as an adolescent he was twice hospitalized in psychiatric facilities and was prescribed antipsychotic and antidepressant medications. …. Katz opened fire Sunday at a gaming bar inside a collection of restaurants and shops in Jacksonville. He killed two people and wounded 10 others before fatally shooting himself during the "Madden NFL 19" tournament, authorities said…. The Howard County, Maryland, divorce filings say that David Katz played video games obsessively as a young adolescent, often refusing to go to school or to bathe. … At times David "curled up into a ball," refused to attend school and sobbed, she said. She asserted that her ex-husband instructed David not to take Risperidal - an anti-psychotic medication prescribed to him. The father claimed in court filings that David was not "diagnosed as psychotic." ... He was admitted to the nearby Sheppard Pratt mental health system for about 12 days in late 2007. Court documents say a psychiatrist at that time administered antidepressants. … Federal law requires gun buyers to disclose whether they have ever been involuntarily committed to a mental institution. Maryland state law also prohibits the sale or transfer of a gun to someone who has been diagnosed with a mental disorder or who has a history of violent behavior. In recent weeks, Katz legally purchased the two handguns he carried from a gun store in Baltimore, the sheriff said….