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Gaming Tournament Interrupted by Shooting in Florida

In Jacksonville, Florida, police have reported multiple fatalities from a mass shooting during a Madden 19 gaming tournament.

Jacksonville Landing is a downtown marketplace. The area was hosting a video game tournament on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018.

Law enforcement officials told an NBC News affiliate that four people have been killed and 11 are wounded.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office tweeted that the area is not safe, and people are urged to stay away from the area.

One suspect was discovered dead at the scene. It is not clear if there was more than one shooter. Police are searching for the possibility of another suspect.

Many people hid inside locked areas when the shooting occurred. Police want those people to stay where they are; avoid coming out from cover while SWAT teams are conducting a methodical search.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives responded to the mass shooting a Jacksonville Landing.

County sheriff Mike Williams and Jacksonville mayor Lenny Curry are expected to address the media later Sunday.

It appears the shooting occurred inside a pizza place that included a bar dedicated to various forms of gaming. The pizza bar was hosting the Madden 19 Southeastern Qualifier Tournament with a $5,000 prize.

On the live stream video that was shared online, individuals participating in the Madden tournament are interrupted by a series of blasts, popping, and screaming. One person is heard asking, “What’s he shooting with?” NBC News has confirmed the authenticity of the video.

NBC has reported that four people are dead and 11 are wounded.

By Jeanette Smith

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NBC News: Jacksonville police report multiple fatalities at video game tournament

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