UPDATE: 24-year-old David Katz has been confirmed as the suspect who carried out a mass shooting at a Madden NFL video game tournament at Jacksonville Landing on Aug. 25.
UPDATE: At least 4 are dead, and 11 total were shot as a result of the mass shooting at a Madden NFL video game tournament at Jacksonville Landing, according to the latest report. Note: This is preliminary information and is subject to change.
A mass shooting has been reported at a Madden NFL video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says there are “multiple fatalities” at the scene. One suspect is reportedly deceased.
“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,” the official Twitter account of Madden NFL creator EA Sports wrote in a brief statement addressing the shooting. “This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved.”
According to reports, at least one player was wounded during the shooting.
“We’re obviously shocked and saddened by this afternoon’s events. Our player, Drini, was hit in the thumb but is going to be fine. He managed to escape and run down the street to a nearby gym. He’s currently cooperating with the authorities and we will be flying him out of Jacksonville as soon as we are given the green light from the officials on the ground,” Jason Lake, CompLexity Gaming founder and CEO, said in a statement .
Video has surfaced from the moments when gunshots first rang out.
WARNING: The content of the video could be disturbing to some people.
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry says the situation is “ongoing.”
Where Did The Shooting Take Place?
The tournament was taking place at GLHF Game Bar in Jacksonville Landing. The tournament was the Southeastern Qualifier for the Madden NFL Championship Series. The game was on XBOX One, with third-place winning $1,000 and the first- and second-place winners being flown to the Finals Qualification event.