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A witness describes the scene of the Jacksonville Landing shooting

Madden tournament gamer describes what he saw after a shot is fired in Jacksonville, Florida event.

Cooling stream of images that turns out Sunday deadly shooting during a Madden 19 NFL tournament in Jacksonville has surfaced on the social media.

The tournament was streamed live on Twitch, a online network that attracts tens of millions of visitors, most of whom watch footage of other people playing video games. Amazon bought Twitch in 2014 for $970 million in cash.

The shooter killed two people and then fatally shot himself in a rampage that wounded several others. The authorities believe that the 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore carried out the attack with at least one gun at the Jacksonville Landing, a collection of restaurants and shops along the St. Johns River.

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Images from the Twitch livestream that will be displayed for the recording of the horrific shooting appeared on social media. Gunfire can be clearly heard on the footage is chilling audio as well as the voice of the terrified gamers. The video does not show the shooter.

On Twitter, users were sick of the disturbing images. “Warning that there is a very graphic video with audio of the Jacksonville shooting floating around,” tweeted @SparkyROAR. “It’s from a twitch stream and has Madden play on the screen. To avoid unknowingly clicking on videos that look like you, unless you’re prepared.”

Warning that there is a very graphic video with audio of the Jacksonville shoot floating around.

It is from a twitch stream and has Madden play on the screen. To avoid unknowingly clicking on videos that look like you, unless you’re prepared.

— a real dinosaur (@SparkyROAR) August 26, 2018

The shooting has prompted calls for better security on professional video gaming events.

Twitter user @FadyLace expressed her concerns about the Twitchcon event in San Jose in October. The event, described as “a feast for Twitch creators,” is expected to attract thousands of Twitch streamers and fans, according to the event website.

“Hey @Twitch @TwitchCon in light of the recent shooting in Jacksonville in the Madden tournament, what do you do to prevent something like this to happen at Twitchcon?” she tweeted.

Hey @Twitch @TwitchCon in light of the recent shooting in Jacksonville in the Madden tournament, what do you do to prevent something like this to happen at Twitchcon?

— fady (@fadylace) August 26, 2018

Fox News has reached a Twitch with a request to comment on this story.

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“We are shocked and saddened by the tragedy that took place in Jacksonville today. Twitch and all her staff send our deepest condolences to the victims, their loved ones, and everyone in our community, who are grieving today,” Twitch tweeted on Sunday.

We are shocked and saddened by the tragedy that took place in Jacksonville today. Twitch and all her staff send our deepest condolences to the victims, their loved ones, and everyone in our community, who are grieving today.

— Twitch (@Twitch) August 26, 2018

Professional video gaming, or eSports, is a rapidly growing industry where players compete against each other for lucrative prizes, often in front of a large audience. The events also have a huge following online through streaming platforms such as twitch and Youtube.

The global eSports market is expected to have a value of $905.6 million in 2018, according to eSports specialist Newzoo, a 38 percent increase in 2017.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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