Shooting at Madden NFL 19 Tournament in Jacksonville; Area on Lockdown [UPDATED]
Gunman reportedly opened fire on attendees and athletes at a Madden NFL 19 tournament in Jacksonville, Flordia.
Today a Madden NFL 19 tournament was being held at Chicago Pizza at Jacksonville Landing, Florida, but it was interrupted by a gunman that reportedly fired shots on the attendees and athletes that were immersed in the competition.
The event was being livestreamed, and gunshots were suddenly heard in the audio before the stream was abruptly cut. The gravity of the situation became immediately apparent as the screen only showed the game’s menu with a disconnected controller.
Local reporter Vic Micolucci mentioned on Twitter that his sources speak
of at least four attendees dead and eleven hit by the gunman. This has yet to be officially confirmed. Update: the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office confirmed “Multiple fatalities at the scene, many transported.”
Local Sheriff’s office confirmed the shooting and mentioned that the area is on lockdown, warning civilians including media to stay away from the area, which is reported not safe, possibly implying that the shooter still hasn’t been captured.
The situation is currently developing, and we’ll update this article when we’ll receive further information.
For the moment, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.
Update 2: Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office reported that one suspect is dead at the scene of the shooting. There is no information on whether there is a second suspect. SWAT is “doing a methodical search inside The Landing” and people hiding in locked areas have been requested to remain where they are until they are found and call 911 to draw the attention of rescuers.
Update 3: Madden NFL 19 publisher Electronic Arts posted on Twitter commenting on the facts.
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.
— Electronic Arts (@EA) August 26, 2018
This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved.
— Electronic Arts (@EA) August 26, 2018
Update 4: Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams held a brief conference with media (livestreamed on Facebook) confirming that there are no more outstanding suspects besides the one who is deceased, and the area of the shooting has been cleared. There are still no official counts for the victims besides the fact that there are indeed deceased victims and injured currently being treated at the local hospital.
Update 5: Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams held a second conference announcing that police found three deceased at the scene, one of which is the suspect who took his own life. Nine injured were transported to local hospitals, seven of whom had gunshot wounds (two had other injuries sustained while evacuating the premises). Two more with gunshot wounds managed to reach local hospitals on their own. All the injured victims are currently in stable conditions.
The suspect was identified as 24-year old David Katz from Baltimore, Maryland. FBI is assisting with the investigation there. He is known to have used “at least one handgun” to commit the shooting, and Sheriff Williams confirmed that “he was there for the competition.” The motive behind the act and whether he knew the victims is still unknown. The investigation is still ongoing, and anyone who may have further information or footage is encouraged to contact authorities.
Update 6: Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams provided an update in a third conference. The two deceased victims have been identified as 22-year-old Elijah Clayton from Woodland Hills, California, and 28-year-old Taylor Robertson from Giles, West Virginia.
In addition, ten victims survived gunshot wounds after being treated at local hospitals, and one other has been treated for an injury unrelated to gunshots. All of them are expected to recover.