Mass Shooting At Madden Tournament In Florida [Updating]

The outside of GLHF, the game bar in which a mass shooting occurred on Sunday afternoon.
Photo: GLHF Bar (Facebook)

A shooter opened fire today during a Madden NFL 19 tournament at the GLHF Game Bar in Jacksonville, FL. The local news outlet WJXT reports that at least four people are dead, and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department is warning people to stay clear of the area.

When reached by Kotaku, police confirmed that the shooting had occurred but were not able to provide more information. As of 2:53pm, the official Twitter account stated that one suspect is dead at the scene.

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During a press briefing at 4:30 PM EST, Sheriff Mike Williams made some short remarks about the incident. Jacksonville Landing, the mall in which GLHF Game Bar is located, has been cleared. There is one suspect deceased at the scene, and there are no outstanding suspects. The deceased suspect is a white male, and the Sheriff’s Office is still working to confirm his identity.

The Sheriff said that more information would be forthcoming in a press briefing with the Mayor later in the evening.

Electronic Arts tweeted a short statement in two parts: “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. This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved.”

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The esports group Complexity Gaming said on Twitter this afternoon that one of its members, Drini Gjoka, had been grazed by a bullet but is now “away from the scene and safe.” Dubby, another participant in the tournament, also said on Twitter that he was safe. In a follow-up tweet, he clarified that a bullet grazed his head during the shooting and that he is “traumatized and devastated.”

In a Facebook post made at 3:12 PM, the GLHF Game Bar stated that “all GLHF staff are safe and accounted for.”

The shooting was captured on the live Twitch stream of the tournament, and you can view that clip here. Warning: the clip is extremely disturbing.

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This story is developing and will be updated as we learn more.

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