Mass Shooting Reported At Madden Video Game Tournament

    The Jacksonville, Florida Sheriff’s Office reported that there was a mass shooting with multiple fatalities at a downtown shopping-dining complex today.

    “Mass shooting at the Jacksonville Landing. Stay far away from the area. The area is not safe at this time. STAY AWAY #TheLandingMassShooting,” the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office tweeted.

    Jax Sheriff’s Office on Twitter

    One suspect is dead at the scene, unknown at this time if we have a second suspect. Searches are being conducted. https://t.co/qBJvkaO7xT

    According to CNN, the shooting occurred during a qualifying event for the Madden 19 Tournament at GLHF Game Bar. During the online stream of the Madden event, several loud gunshots were heard and the twitch stream ended.

    Federal law enforcement officials are currently monitoring the situation. We will update as more information becomes available.

    Fox News on Twitter

    Former DC Police Det. Ted Williams on Jacksonville shooting: “If in fact law enforcement have some knowledge of an active shooter or shooters, then they’re going to move in immediately.” https://t.co/xOJYsFlQ5r https://t.co/s6InTy6Mrc

    UPDATE:   EST

    Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams released more information in a news conference, saying the single suspect is a white male, pending information but they believe it’s 24-year-old David Katiz from Baltimore, Maryland. The FBI is assisting with the investigation currently. He also said he used at least one hand gun.

    Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams on updated victims number: “Number of fatalities is 3, including the suspect, and an additional 9 wounded from gunshots and 2 from fleeing the restaurant.”

    Update 5:42pm EST

    Jacksonville Sherriff’s Office Twitter account said they haven’t confirmed numbers yet but will later on.

    Jax Sheriff’s Office on Twitter

    There are inaccurate numbers being distributed by local and national media. This is fluid and as soon as we have confirmed numbers they will be released. Please remember this Twitter @JSOPIO is the only official source of information. https://t.co/qBJvkaO7xT

    Update 4:48pm EST

    Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said at a news conference there is only one suspect in todays shooting a Jacksonville Landing. We have no outstanding suspects at this time…we have one suspect in this case. He is deceased at the scene. Williams described the suspect as a white man, but wont speculate on where the shooter is from. More information will be released on the sheriffs Twitter account, the citys mayor will hold a press conference later on tonight.

    CNN on Twitter

    Authorities have cleared the scene of a shooting at a video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida. Police say there is only one suspect and that he is dead. https://t.co/62k4Y1LYAa https://t.co/j5oPufbzEZ

    Update 4:06 pm EST

    NY Times reports that an NBA2KLeague player from the Bucks Gaming team was shot. According to their reports, Larry Lopezs mother, Sujeil Lopez, says he was shot three times, once on the nipple, once on his hand and somewhere else.

    UPDATE 3:41 pm EST

    According to the LA Times, the shooter was a gamer who was competing in the tournament and lost, according to Steven Steveyj Javaruski, one of the competitors.

    The shooter targeted a few people and shot at least five victims before killing himself, Javaruski told The Times in a direct message on Twitter. The gunman killed two or three people that I saw, Javaruski said.

    11 people were shot and at least four people were fatally shot.

    Matt Pearce on Twitter

    New: The Jacksonville gunman was a gamer in the Madden tournament who lost, and he killed himself after opening fire, another competitor tells me. https://t.co/6ftAr6vrd3

    Erin Ashey Simon is a writer, producer, host and contributor for The Shadow League. Host of Cheddar Esports and Grass Routes Podcast, a former college athlete who passes the time playing flag football. Simon has previous work experience at Cycle Media, REVOLT TV, The Wall Street Journal, and more. Originally from New Jersey, Simon graduated from the University of Kentucky.