Published: Mon, August 27, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Jacksonville Shooting: Police Report Multiple Dead at Madden 19 Tournament

Jacksonville Shooting: Police Report Multiple Dead at Madden 19 Tournament

A gunman opened fire Sunday at an online video game tournament as it was being livestreamed from a Florida mall, killing two people and then fatally shooting himself in an attack that sent several others to hospitals, authorities said.

He said three victims - including the suspected shooter - were found dead at the scene.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office confirmed a mass shooting and "multiple fatalities".

The murder-suicide occurred during a Madden NFL 19 video game tournament in a restaurant at the Jacksonville Landing, a waterfront retail and entertainment complex in downtown Jacksonville.

The shooting took place during an ongoing video game tournament at Chicago Pizza, The Jacksonville Landing.

About a dozen gun shots could be heard on livestream footage of the popular American football video game before being cut off.

"Stay far away from the area", the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office tweeted. "The area is not safe at this time", the office said. He said Katz was a competitor in the eSports tournament and used "at least one handgun" to carry out the shooting, reported AFP.

Police say the motive is still unclear, and it is unknown if the victims were known to the suspect.

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It had urged anyone still hiding to call 911 and wait until officers reached them, stressing they should not come running out.

Madden tournament gamer describes what he saw after shot were fired at Jacksonville, Florida event.

"Worst day of my life", Gjoka wrote on Twitter. "Many blocks away", the sheriff's department said in a second tweet.

Six victims were taken to Jacksonville's UF Health Hospital, five of them in stable condition and one in serious condition, hospital staff said.

"He was weird all weekend, I mean he had shades on, he just - he didn't speak to anybody", the man said.

President Donald Trump has been briefed and is monitoring the situation in Jacksonville, the White House said.

EA Sports Madden NFL released a preliminary statement via Twitter.

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