A shooter opened fire at the Madden NFL qualifiers, held Sunday afternoon at the Jacksonville Landing shopping and dining complex in Jacksonville, Florida. Local reports indicate that several people were killed and many others wounded.
The shooting occurred while the Madden NFL event was being livestreamed on Twitch. Multiple gunshots and screams could be heard over the broadcast. The tournament was being held at the GLHF Game Bar on the north side of St. John’s River.
According to the Daily Beast, local Jacksonville reporter Vic Micolucci reports that police have said four people are dead and 10 wounded in the shooting. CNN reports the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) has responded to the scene.
The area around the Jacksonville Landing is being locked down by local authorities, and the Jacksonville sheriff’s department has instructed the local population to stay far away from the area.
Polygon reports multiple streamers have confirmed details of the shooting on personal social media, including top flight competitor Drini Gjoka, who says a bullet struck his thumb.
CNN’s Steve Brusk reports on Twitter that a network affiliate has been informed that there are 15 total victims, including four known dead and 11 hospitalized.
A fire department official tells our affiliate WJXT and reporter Vic Micolucci there are 15 total victims in the Jacksonville Landing shooting – 4 known dead. And 11 people taken to hospitals.
— Steve Brusk (@stevebruskCNN) August 26, 2018
BREAKING: Reports of a mass shooting at the #Jacksonville Landing (a downtown area) during live stream of a #Madden Football Tournament. These screenshots are from the tournament. More to come. (@JSOPIO) @WFLA #TheLandingMassShooting #MassShooting #MaddenShooting pic.twitter.com/uL7LPo9zDL
— Josh Benson (@WFLAJosh) August 26, 2018
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has reported via Twitter that one suspect is dead at the scene.
One suspect is dead at the scene, unknown at this time if we have a second suspect. Searches are being conducted. https://t.co/qBJvkaO7xT
— Jax Sheriff’s Office (@JSOPIO) August 26, 2018
The Sheriff’s Office has said they are searching for people sheltering in locked areas and cover and has asked that they call 911 to help SWAT officers locate them.
This is a developing situation and further details were not available.
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