Reports are coming in of a mass shooting at a Madden NFL 19 esports tournament today in Jacksonville, Florida at the GLHF Game Bar. The Jacksonville Sheriff Department has warned locals to stay far away from the area.
News of the shooting first started circulating on Twitter from those at the Madden esports tournament in Jacksonville. @YoungDrini tweeted at 10:37am PT that, “The tourney just got shot up.” Several other Madden pros also tweeted out references to the event. The shooting has been reported by local ABC7 news and CNN.
Mass shooting at the Jacksonville Landing. Stay far away from the area. The area is not safe at this time. STAY AWAY #TheLandingMassShooting— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) August 26, 2018
The tourney just got shot up. Im leavinng and never coming back— Drini Gjoka (@YoungDrini) August 26, 2018
I am literally so lucky. The bullet hit my thumb— Drini Gjoka (@YoungDrini) August 26, 2018
Im good and safe. Not gonna report anything but a community that's filled with love, friends and family needs some prayer— DUBBY (@DubDotDUBBY) August 26, 2018
A Twitch.tv clip from the event (which has since been removed as of this writing) possibly showed the moment the attack began. Two players can be seen competing in Madden 19 when suddenly loud noises, potentially gunshot sounds, began to ring. The clip quickly cuts out, but the audio remained, and panic and screams can be heard in the background.
Warning: This clip contains disturbing content.
The Jacksonville Sheriff Department confirmed there were multipled fatalities at the scene, and many are being transported away from the area.
The situation is still ongoing, and we will have reports as new information becomes available. If you are in the area, Jacksonville Sheriff department urges people to stay away for safety.
Update [12pm PT]: The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that one shooter has been found dead.
Update [12:45pm PT]: According to the LA Times which spoke with one of the gamers competing at the tournament, Steven "Steveyj" Javaruski, one of the shooters was a competitor who lost.
Update [4:33pm PT]: In a press conference today, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office announced that there were three deceased individuals at the scene, including the suspect who took his own life.
A total of 11 victims were transported to local hospitals, nine with gunshot wounds, according to The Washington Post. [Edit, 8:25pm PT: Clarified number of injured.]
Jacksonville Sheriff's department is working with the FBI to confirm the identity of the shooter, but have said the shooter might be David Katz, 24, from Baltimore, Maryland.
Update [7:37pm PT]: EA Madden's official Twitter account issued a statement regarding today's mass shooting calling it, "a senseless act of violence."