5:27 PM PT — Police now there were three casualties, including the shooter, who has been indentified as 24-year-old David Katz. According to local reports, Katz used a semiautomatic handgun, which he eventually turned on himself.
11:57 AM PT — Authorities say the suspect is dead at the scene and it is “unknown at this time” if there is a second suspect.
A mass shooting in Jacksonville, Florida that took place during a Madden video game tournament, has reportedly left four dead and several more injured and it was broadcast live on the Internet.
According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the shooting took place at the Jacksonville Landing, a waterfront shopping center with several restaurants. A reporter for WJXT says four people were killed and 10 total victims.
In the video, you can hear several shots fired before the feed of the players cuts away. Just before the shots are fired, you can see a red laser dot on one of the players.
WARNING: while no one is seen on video getting shot, the audio of the incident is extremely disturbing.
The shooting reportedly took place at the GLHF Game Bar, where a Madden 19 tournament was taking place.
EA Sports released a statement, saying, “We are aware of an incident at a sanctioned Madden Championship Series competition in Jacksonville. We are working with authorities to gather facts at this stage.”
One of the gamers at the event tweeted shortly after, saying he’d been shot in the thumb.
The NFL issued a statement on the incident, saying, “We are shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific tragedy today in Jacksonville. Our hearts go out to all those affected. We are grateful for the first responders immediately on the scene. We support our partners at EA Sports and will continue to monitor developments with local law enforcement.”
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