Jacksonville Shooting: Police Report Multiple Dead at Madden 19 Tournament

Ann Santiago
August 27, 2018

"Stay far away from the area", the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office tweeted.

The numerous loud gunshots suddenly interrupt the stream and disrupting the video connection - leaving a "controller disconnected" warning as the players fled.

CNN reports that three people are being treated at Memorial Hospital, and are in stable condition.

Federal authorities stage and search a home in Baltimore's Inner Harbor as part of an investigation into the Jacksonville mass shooting.

EA Sports's Madden NFL 19 championship series was taking place at the GLHF Game Bar in the mall when shoots were fired. The Landing is an open-air marketplace with stores, bars and restaurants in downtown Jacksonville along the St. Johns River.

Madden is a hugely popular multi-player video game based on the National Football League, which in a statement said it was "shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific tragedy".

Ryan Alemon said he was in the bar when at least one gunman began shooting. "Then we heard repeat shots and we took off running", said Williams, who participated in the tournament earlier.

CompLexity Gaming Founder and CEO Jason Lake said one of their gamers, a 19-year-old who goes by Drini, was shot in the thumb but managed to escape and is going to be fine.

"The latest line we're getting from the Jacksonville police is the suspect in this shooting is now dead", Al Jazeera's Andy Gallagher reported from Miami.

"Worst day of my life", Gjoka wrote on Twitter.

Florida has seen several mass shootings in recent years, including at the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando in 2016, when 49 people died. Seven had been shot, Williams said. Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Trump called him and offered any federal help he needed. A second person with gunshot wounds followed shortly behind them.

In addition to the Jacksonville event, Madden Classic qualifiers were due to be held Sept. 1 and 2 in Dulles, Va.; Sept. 15 and 16 in Santa Ana, Calif.; and Sept. 22 and 23 in Carrollton, Texas.

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