Multiple persons on live streams and social media reported a mass shooting at a Madden NFL 19 tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, this morning. The Jacksonville County Sheriff’s Office confirmed multiple fatalities at the scene, including the suspected shooter.
Warning: The following video contains disturbing content.
In the video, competitors Wesley “Joe Rice” Gittens and Eli “True” Clayton are playing. A red dot, apparently a laser targeting sight, can be seen on Clayton briefly before the screen drops the competitors’ images and the shooting begins. As nine shots ring out, competitors can be heard abandoning their stations, and others are heard fleeing. Then a man is heard crying out, “What did he shoot me with?” Three more shots are fired and screaming can be heard.
This weekend at Jacksonville Landing downtown was the first of four qualifier events for the Madden Classic series sponsored by EA Sports. The Jacksonville sheriff’s office confirmed “multiple fatalities” at the scene, including the suspect. The tournament was being held at GLHF Game Bar at Jacksonville Landing.
A spokesperson for EA Sports gave Polygon the following statement:
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. This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved.
WJXT-TV initially reported via Twitter that four were dead and another six were wounded. The station is now saying, quoting sources at the scene, that four are dead and another 11 are wounded. Their live coverage may be followed here. The Jacksonville County Sheriff’s Office will hold a news conference at 4:30 ET.