4 Dead, 11 Wounded In Mass Shooting During Madden 2019 Tournament In Jacksonville; One Suspect Dead

At least four people have been reported killed and 11 wounded News4Jax reports, after a mass shooting event broke out inside a game room at the Chicago Pizza restaurant in The Jacksonville Landing area of Jacksonville, Florida, where a Madden 2019 Tournament was being held at the time.

4 Dead, 11 Wounded In Mass Shooting During Madden 2019 Tournament In Jacksonville; One Suspect Dead

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s office, one suspect is dead at the scene, and it is “unknown at this time if we have a second suspect.  Searches are being conducted.” He confirmed there were multiple fatalities and injuries and one suspect was dead at the scene. It is unclear if there are any other suspects.

Witnesses said the shooter was a player who had just lost in the tournament. One witness told CNN he saw the gunman shoot multiple people before killing himself.   

Witnesses tell News4Jax that several ambulances, firefighters and police officers are on the scene and roads are being blocked off downtown near the Jacksonville Landing.

The wounded victims were taken to Memorial Hospital and UF Health Hospital according to News4Jax. Several ambulances, firefighters and police officers are on the scene and roads are being blocked off downtown near the Jacksonville Landing.

The Jax Sheriff’s Office tweeted: ‘Mass shooting at the Jacksonville Landing. Stay far away from the area. The area is not safe at this time. STAY AWAY #TheLandingMassShooting.’

‘We are finding many people hiding in locked areas at The Landing.

‘We ask you to stay calm, stay where you are hiding. SWAT is doing a methodical search inside The Landing.

‘We will get to you. Please don’t come running out.’

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A woman who said her son inside the game room at Chicago Pizza said she he was in the room when a man pulled a gun and started shooting.

“It’s scary that you could be having a good time and someone just starts shooting,” She said.

A livestream from the gaming tournament captured the moment the gunfire broke out. The commentators could be heard going silent as the first gunshots were fired and people began screaming. The stream then cut out and a message appeared saying ‘controller disconnected’.

One of the gamers, Drini Gjoka, revealed his horror after he was shot in the hand and ran for his life.

‘The tourney just got shot up. I’m leaving and never coming back. I am literally so lucky. The bullet hit my thumb. Worst day of my life,’ he tweeted.  

‘I will never take anything for granted ever again. Life can be cut short in a second.’

Videos show the moment gunfire erupted (viewer discretion advised).

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It was not immediately clear if the shooter had been apprehended or what was the motive behind the shooting:

The Jacksonville Landing is a festival marketplace in Downtown Jacksonville, Florida. It is located at the intersection of Independent Drive and Laura Street, along the Jacksonville Riverwalk.
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