Someone opened fire at a Madden tournament in Jacksonville, Fla., killing two other attendees and hurting 10 more more. The shooter is also dead, said police, naming a 24-year-old Baltimore man as the only suspect. Horrific audio of the shooting (WARNING: it may autoplay at link) was captured on an internet stream of the tournament. At least twelve shots can be heard as panic spreads and victims shout for help. The video switches to gameplay footage before shots are fired, but a laser dot can clearly be seen moving across one of the two players moments beforehand.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said authorities are responding to the Jacksonville Landing marketplace in the city’s downtown area, where an esports video game tournament was being held. Officials are warning residents to avoid the area. “We can’t stress enough to stay away. Many blocks away,” the sheriff’s office tweeted.
GLHF Game Bar in the Jacksonville Landing was hosting a regional esports tournament for players of EA’s Madden 19 on Sunday, according to a schedule posted two days ago on the EA Sports website.
One of the competitors, Drini Gjoka, wrote on Twitter that they received a minor injury.
UPDATE (6 p.m.): Citing another survivor, Steven Javarusky, the Los Angeles Times reports that the shooter was “a gamer who was competing in the tournament and lost”, killing themselves after killing “two or three” others.
UPDATE (8 p.m.): Police identified the shooter and said two victims were dead. Earlier revisions of this post reflected reports with a higher death toll.
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