Report of the recording in Jacksonville Landing, Florida
The police stressed that people need to stay many blocks away.’
Several people were killed, including a suspect, after a “mass” shooting on Sunday in downtown Jacksonville, Fla., on a popular shopping centre filled with bars and restaurants, researchers have said.
The gunfire was heard on a video gaming event held at the Jacksonville Landing, Madden NFL Championship Series. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said many people were rushed to the hospital.
A witness at the gaming event told Fox News that anyone participating in the tournament lost and “went crazy and started shooting in the room.” However, the police have not confirmed a possible motive, nor have they released the name of a suspect.
“Multiple fatalities” reported after a mass shooting at Jacksonville Landing in Florida.
The player said that he had gone outside to make a phone call as the shot sounded. He said that he saw people fighting to get out of the place, and he started running from the area.
The sheriff’s office confirms the suspect is dead at the scene.” Officials added the “unknown at this time, if we have a second suspect. Searches are performed.”
Video shows moment shots in Florida gaming tournament
The police did not give details, but said she “can’t stress enough to stay away. Many blocks away,” adding that “If you are hiding in The Landing. 911, so that we can get.”
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said on Twitter it is a response to the reported mass shooting in the center of Jacksonville.
The shooting took place in the Jacksonville Landing area, which is located along the St. Johns River and is described as an area with a large variety of waterfront dining options and a cozy inside shopping mall.”
A number of people on social media, participate in the Madden NFL tournament, reported hearing gunshots shortly after 1:30 p.m. during the livestream of the tournament on the platform on to the tracks. Sunday’s event was held in GLHF Game Bar, which is located in Jacksonville Landing.
Oh my god, someone just shot up the Jacksonville madden tournament. This is unreal I hope everyone is ok. https://t.co/vs0eS2upIV
— Kyrie Curry (@THATS_FlNE) August 26, 2018
A video surfaced on social media have players disconnecting from the game as shots were heard in the background. At least 12 shots were heard in the video.
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A reporter from Fox-affiliate CBS47/FOX30, Brittney Donovan, said that at least one person was seen being loaded on a stretcher in an ambulance.
Just saw someone on a stretcher loaded into an ambulance at this intersection. This is in the near of the #Jacksonville Landing where @ActionNewsJax is told that there has been a shooting pic.twitter.com/AY0GwTfTx7
— Brittney Donovan (@brittneyANjax) August 26, 2018
Madden NFL 19, is a new video game based on the NFL, which was developed and published by EA Sports.
The sheriff’s office said that “many people” were found hiding in the closed areas in the river shopping complex.
“We ask you to remain calm, stay where you are hiding. SWAT is doing a methodical search in The Landing,” said the police. “We will contact you. Please do not come.”
I am literally so happy. The bullet hit my thumb
— Drini Gjoka (@YoungDrini) August 26, 2018
Drini Gjoka, who won in 2018, Madden Challenge, said on Twitter that he was injured in the shooting in a series of posts on Twitter.
Worst day of my life
— Drini Gjoka (@YoungDrini) August 26, 2018
“The tournament has just shot up. Im leavinng [sic] and never to come back,” Gjoka wrote.
“I am literally so happy. The bullet hit my thumb,” he said. “The worst day of my life.”
The south bank is empty. The Northbank riverwalk is. A few boats in the water. #JacksonvilleMassShooting pic.twitter.com/5QwmwHNwj9
— Letisha Bereola (@LetishaANjax) August 26, 2018
SK-Gaming, a professional eSports organization based in Germany, said he sent a player to the event in Florida that there was a shooting at the tournament.
“There was a shooting on the Madden tournament in Jacksonville. Our player @JoelCP_ is safe. Our thoughts are with everyone that had to be part of such a horrible event. Stay strong, stay safe,” the organization of the spread.
Electronic Arts, the company developed the game Madden, tweeted that the company is “aware of an incident at a sanctioned Madden Championship game in Jacksonville. We work together with the government with each other to gather facts at this stage.”
The Jacksonville Landing hosts more than 600 events each year including Florida/Georgia Weekend Celebrations, the city’s annual christmas tree lighting, in addition to New Year’s Eve and 4th of July celebrations.
Fox News’ Nicole Darrah and Madeleine Rivera contributed to this report.
Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam