‘Mass shooting’ leaves multiple dead at Madden video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida

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The scene of the shooting was captured on Twitch, which was broadcasting the tournament live.
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Three people, including the gunman, were killed in a mass shooting at a Madden video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, on Sunday afternoon.

Police said 11 people were injured. Nine of them suffered gunshot wounds. Several of the injured were in stable condition Sunday evening, and one of the wounded who suffered multiple gunshots to the chest, was in serious condition, hospital officials said according to CNN.

Authorities identified the gunman as 24-year-old gamer David Katz from Baltimore, Maryland. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

Katz was a known gamer and appears to have won the the Madden Bills Championship in 2017.

Police are investigating what may have led to the shooting. Katz is believed to have been the only shooter.

People were shot at the livestream tournament of the new game Madden NFL 19, hosted at the Good Luck Have Fun Game Bar at Jacksonville Landing, an outdoor mall.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office urged locals to stay away from the area as the shooting unfolded. Authorities in Baltimore are also investigating.

A recording of the Twitch live stream shows two competitors playing the game before what appeared to be a red laser appeared on the sweatshirt of one of the gamers. The image disappeared as the gunfire erupted.

Drini Gjoka, one of the two competitors shown in the live stream, tweeted that the “tourney just got shot up” and a bullet had hit his thumb.

Madden publisher and the host of the tournament, Electronic Arts, responded to the shooting on Twitter, saying “this is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved.”

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said President Trump has been briefed on the shooting, and they were monitoring the situation.

Florida Governor Rick Scott tweeted that he had been in touch with Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry to offer “state support and resources” for dealing with the shooting.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio tweeted that local authorities were in touch with federal resources for the next steps in responding to the shooting.

The shooting comes two days after a gunman killed one person and left two injured at a high school football game, which Florida Senator Bill Nelson referenced in a tweet, writing “Word of another tragic mass shooting in our state brings shock and outrage.”

Nelson urged “right now, law enforcement are doing their jobs under horrific circumstances and it’s important that people in the Jacksonville area heed their warnings.”

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