Multiple far-right media websites incorrectly identified an anti-Trump Reddit user as the Jacksonville gunman in the aftermath of the deadly video game tournament shooting.
Gamer David Katz, 24, shot dead two people and then killed himself on Sunday during the Madden NFL 19 tournament in Jacksonville, Florida.
Soon after the shooting, the far-right outlets started reporting that a Reddit account they thought belonged to the gunman had previously posted about being against President Trump.
They were referring to the Reddit username ‘Ravenchamps’, which is similar but not identical to a username Katz sometimes used while playing video games: ‘Ravens2012champs’.
Far-right media websites incorrectly identified an anti-Trump Reddit user named Ravenchamps as the Jacksonville gunman until he clarified on Monday (pictured above) that he was actually still alive
Gamer David Katz, 24, shot dead two people and then killed himself on Sunday during the Madden NFL 19 tournament in Jacksonville, Florida
Infowars, Gateway Pundit and conservative commentator Mike Cernovich were among those to report that the Jacksonville shooter was a Trump basher based on the Reddit user’s prior activity.
They continued to do so even after the Ravenchamps user took to Reddit on Monday night to declare that he wasn’t the gunman and was in fact still alive.
‘I’m apparently the madden shooter what’s up,’ the user wrote in a Reddit thread urging users to ask him questions.
‘Ask away as this is entertaining,’ he added.
The Reddit user has since been identified by NBC News as a Minnesota man named Pavel.
‘I went on Reddit. I noticed I had 60, 70 unread messages. Usually I have two or something,’ Pavel told the network of the moment he logged on to Reddit after the shooting.
Conservative commentator Mike Cernovich was among those to to report that the Jacksonville shooter was a Trump basher based on the Reddit user’s prior activity. He took to Twitter Monday night to apologize to his readers for the misidentification
Infowars later took down a link to their story and Gateway Pundit updated their article to simply say: ‘An anonymous Reddit user was mis-identified in an earlier post.’
The shooting took place Sunday during the Madden NFL 19 video game tournament held inside the Chicago Pizza and GLHF Game Bar (pictured above)
‘I look at the messages and it’s a bunch of people using my username claiming I’m that Madden shooter person.’
Infowars later took down a link to their story and Gateway Pundit updated their article to say: ‘An anonymous Reddit user was mis-identified in an earlier post.’
Cernovich took to Twitter Monday night to apologize to his readers.
‘The mass shooter’s Reddit handle is different from one that previously circulated and thus there is no evidence that the tragic shooting was politically based in any way or by either side. My apologies to readers,’ he tweeted.
Despite Pavel’s posts on Reddit informing the online community he was not the gunman, people were still spreading his username.
Pavel spent Monday night responding to ‘idiots’ on Reddit and informing users that he was still alive.
Katz, the gunman, used the gamer tags ‘Bread’ or ‘Sliced Bread’ when competing. Madden’s maker, EA Sports, lists a David Katz as a 2017 championship winner.
On the Madden competition circuit, Katz was known to barely speak to fellow gamers and sometimes exhibited an erratic playing style, according to other competitors.