Gamer recalls watching his friends get shot over livestream during Madden tournament in Jacksonville: 'I was sick to my stomach'

He watched in horror as a gun’s red laser dot appeared on his friend Elijah “Trueboy” Clayton’s chest during a livestream of Sunday’s pro gaming tournament in Florida.

Then the camera cut away and he heard the shots.

“I actually threw up. I was sick to my stomach. I didn’t want to believe it was true. I still don’t want to believe someone shot up a Madden tournament,” gamer Damon “Adjust” Kirk told the Daily News in a phone interview Monday.

A longtime player of the NFL football video game, Kirk almost traveled to the tournament himself, but a family commitment kept him in the Detroit area, so he caught the livestream instead, he said.

“Trueboy scored a touchdown. He was smiling. Then you saw the red aim from the pistol pointed at his heart,” Kirk recalled. “I heard a clap noise, like someone slammed a table. Then more shots. You could tell it was gunshots. They were spread out, like (the shooter) was walking around, finding people he wanted to take out.”

Clayton, 22, and fellow pro player Taylor “SpotMePlzzz” Robertson, 27, were killed in the hail of bullets.

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JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 26: Jacksonville Sheriff's boats secure the docks in front of Jacksonville Landing on August 26, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. A shooting rampage during a Madden 19 video game tournament at the site claimed four lives, with several others wounded, according to published reports. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 26: Jacksonville Sheriff's officers patrol around the ships at Jacksonville Landing on August 26, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. A shooting rampage during a Madden 19 video game tournament at the site claimed four lives, with several others wounded, according to published reports. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 26: Jacksonville Sheriff's officers patrol the St. Johns River in front of Jacksonville landing after a shooting on August 26, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. A shooting rampage during a Madden 19 video game tournament at the site claimed four lives, with several others wounded, according to published reports. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 26: Foot and car traffic is forbidden near Jacksonville Landing after a shooting on August 26, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. A shooting rampage during a Madden 19 video game tournament at the site claimed four lives, with several others wounded, according to published reports. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
Police officers cordon off a street outside The Jacksonville Landing after a shooting during a video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Joey Roulette
JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 26: Jacksonville Sheriff's officers investigate the shooting at Jacksonville Landing on August 26, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. A shooting rampage during a Madden 19 video game tournament at the site claimed four lives, with several others wounded, according to published reports. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
Taylor Poindexter speaks to reporters after witnessing a gunman open fire on gamers participating in a video game tournament outside The Jacksonville Landing in Jacksonville, Florida August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Joey Roulette
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JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 27: Jacksonville Sheriff officers helps keep the perimeter secure as law enforcement investigates a shooting at the GLHF Game Bar which uses the same entrance as the Chicago Pizza place (seen in the center to the rear) at the Jacksonville Landing on August 27, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. The shooting occurred at the GLHF Game Bar during a Madden 19 video game tournament and initial reports indicate 3 people were killed including the gunman and several others were wounded. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 27: Toshiba Sheron talks across the street from Jacksonville Landing on August 27, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. Sheron was inside the GLHF Game Bar during a Madden 19 video game tournament when the shooting occurred. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 27: A Jacksonville Sheriff crime scene unit's van is seen as law enforcement investigates a shooting at the GLHF Game Bar which uses the same entrance as the Chicago Pizza place (seen behind the van) at the Jacksonville Landing on August 27, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. The shooting occurred at the GLHF Game Bar during a Madden 19 video game tournament, with initial reports indicating three people dead, including the gunman, and several others wounded. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 27: Police tape is seen as law enforcement officials investigate a shooting at the GLHF Game Bar located in the Jacksonville Landing on August 27, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. The shooting occurred at the GLHF Game Bar during a Madden 19 video game tournament and initial reports indicate 3 people were killed including the gunman and several others were wounded. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 27: The Jacksonville Landing, along the St Johns river, is seen as law enforcement investigates a shooting at the GLHF Game Bar on August 27, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. The shooting occurred at the GLHF Game Bar during a Madden 19 video game tournament and initial reports indicate 3 people were killed including the gunman and several others were wounded. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 26: A heavy police presence remains into the night at the shooting outside Jacksonville Landing on August 26, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. A shooting rampage during a Madden 19 video game tournament at the site claimed four lives, with several others wounded, according to published reports. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
This photo shows a police car behind police tape blocking a street leading to the Jacksonville Landing area in downtown Jacksonville, Florida, August 26, 2018, where two people were killed and 11 others wounded. - Two people were killed and 11 others wounded on August 26 when a video game tournament competitor went on a shooting rampage before turning the gun on himself in the northern Florida city of Jacksonville, local police said. Sheriff Mike Williams named the suspect of the shooting at a Madden 19 American football eSports tournament as 24-year-old David Katz from Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Gianrigo MARLETTA / AFP) (Photo credit should read GIANRIGO MARLETTA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Police later identified the gunman as David Katz, a fellow gamer who had been eliminated from the high-stakes Jacksonville tournament. Katz, 24, turned the gun on himself after the bloodshed and also died.

“He was a really, really good friend of mine,” Kirk said of Clayton. “He had the biggest smile. He smiled and laughed all day. He was smiling right before he was shot.”

Kirk said Clayton, a high school football player who graduated from Calabasas High School outside Los Angeles in 2014, was a favorite to win the top prize.

“No one scored on him the whole tournament. I had every reason to believe he was going to be the best player this year,” Kirk said of Clayton.

“He was the most consistent, most unique player. He was flashy with his runs. He would make you look silly on the field with how he would juke you. It was always so much fun to watch him play.”

Kirk, 24, said he and Clayton previously worked together with the shooter, writing Madden tips for the website The Gamers Lab.

“Trueboy never had anything against (Katz). If Katz wanted to be friends, Trueboy would have signed up,” he said. “Trueboy was super cool. He was never yelling at you or arguing with you.”

Kirk said the tight-knit Madden community was also mourning the loss of Robertson, a husband and father from Ballard, W.V.

“He was a friend – one of the few parents, like myself, who was competing. I felt a real connection with him,” Kirk said. “I can’t imagine his daughter hearing she lost a parent at a Madden tournament.”

Clayton’s high school announced Monday that it would hold a moment of silence at its upcoming Friday night varsity game.

“Our entire community is shocked and saddened by this loss,” the high school said in a statement.

“He was always good at games and he felt like he could go somewhere with it,” former teammate Jojo McIntosh, who played football with Clayton at Chaminade College Preparatory, before Clayton transferred to Calabasas, told the Associated Press. “I know he was at the top of what he was doing.”

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This guy had a family.. He loved the game of madden and wanted to earn from it.. Rest In Piece spotmeplzzz - https://t.co/nPHqtTSPOk
Our hearts are broken as we learned that former Calabasas Football player @True__818 (Elijah Clayton) was senseless… https://t.co/eY2wnp0KpF
RIP @True__818 Elijah Clayton. One of my best friends in life. I talked to u almost everyday for the last 5 years.… https://t.co/1fYOprBNK0
Chaminade College Prep put out a statement regarding former student Elijah Clayton, who was one of 2 victims killed… https://t.co/VmGu0pXftm
The #Titans community lost a beloved member over the weekend. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Tay… https://t.co/gKuG7EvHks
Taylor Robertson, one of the victims in the #Jacksonville shooting today, was from Ballard, WV. Taylor was very clo… https://t.co/lptS4bmQBg
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Kirk said he’s been in touch with other players at the Florida tournament and learned a fellow player named Larry nearly lost his life too.

“Larry got shot three times, but he’s going to make it. His entire crew is staying with him at the hospital until he’s discharged,” Kirk said.

A GoFundMe set up by fellow player Justin “Swizzy” Saline for the families of Clayton and Robertson raised more than $6,000 as of early Monday afternoon.

“We’re all a big family,” Kirk said.

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