We have some tragic news coming out of Florida. Police are reporting a mass shooting incident in Jacksonville. Three people are reported dead, including the gunman, with at least another nine wounded. The incident occurred at a gaming tournament. SWAT teams are clearing the area. Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is advising people, including the media to stay away as far as possible. SWAT teams are clearing the area. Police are advising those who had taken shelter to not comerunnin out at the sign of SWAT teams approaching their area (via News4Jax):
At least four people are dead and several others wounded Sunday afternoon in a mass shooting at the Jacksonville Landing.
Jacksonville police said one suspect is dead and SWAT is doing a methodical search of Landing and the immediate area to make sure there are no additional gunmen.
Officers are finding people hiding in locked places and people are urged to stay calm and where they are and not come running out.
"We will get to you. Please don't come running out," said JSO via Twitter.
Police urged everyone to stay away from the area because it is not safe.
Witnesses said they saw several people being taken out on stretchers.
Early reports say the shooting began inside a game room at the Chicago Pizza during a Madden 19 tournament. Several gunshots can be heard on the audio of a livestream of the tournament.
A woman who said her son inside the game said she he was in the room when a man pulled a gun and started shooting.
UPDATE: One suspect is reported dead by police. A livestream of the Madden 19 gaming tournament prior to the shooting was posted to Drudge. Two men are seen playing the game before you hear gunshots in the background. The connection is lost, but you can still hear audio, with one person yelling, "oh, f**k what did he shoot me with before more gunshots and screams are heard. You can watch the video here. [WARNING: graphic content]:
Mass shooting at the Jacksonville Landing. Stay far away from the area. The area is not safe at this time. STAY AWAY #TheLandingMassShooting— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) August 26, 2018
We are finding many people hiding in locked areas at The Landing. We ask you to stay calm, stay where you are hiding. SWAT is doing a methodical search inside The Landing. We will get to you. Please don’t come running out. #TheLandingMassShooting https://t.co/qBJvkaO7xT— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) August 26, 2018
One suspect is dead at the scene, unknown at this time if we have a second suspect. Searches are being conducted. https://t.co/qBJvkaO7xT— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) August 26, 2018
Sheriff Williams will be giving the first public statement at 4:30 p.m. at the Media Staging area located at the the Wells Fargo building. https://t.co/qBJvkaO7xT— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) August 26, 2018
UPDATE: Shooter was a gamer that was competing in the tournament and lost. Police has secured shooting scene. Matt Pearce of the LA Times reported that the shooter committed suicide after the attack. The National Football League also put out a statement, offering condolences to all those impacted by this tragedy. Florida Gov. Rick Scott is en route to Jacksonville now. Sheriff Mike Williams held a press conference at 4:30 P.M. EST. He said of the wounded, three were win stable condition, five more in good condition, and one in critical condition.
In video captured from the livestreaming network Twitch and posted on social media, shots can be heard as footage of a kickoff return is replaced by a the message “controller disconnected.”
The shooter was a gamer who was competing in the tournament and lost, according to Steven “Steveyj” Javaruski, one of the competitors.
The shooter “targeted a few people” and shot at least five victims before killing himself, Javaruski told The Times in a direct message on Twitter. The gunman killed two or three people “that I saw,” Javaruski said.
In a public tweet, he added that he was escorted out by police after the shooting.
“I am literally so lucky,” gamer Drini Gjoka said in a tweet. “The bullet hit my thumb.”
He added: “Worst day of my life.”
Heading to Jacksonville now to meet with local law enforcement. State law enforcement is currently providing assistance.— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) August 26, 2018
UPDATE: Competitor says Jacksonville shooter was a gamer who was competing in the Madden tournament and lost pic.twitter.com/qb52Ns7s6L— South Florida Sun Sentinel (@SunSentinel) August 26, 2018
BREAKING: The sheriff says NO outstanding suspects in Jacksonville mass shooting. They believe they have one suspect, a white male who is dead at this time. They also have cleared the Jacksonville Landing but still don't want people coming near it as they investigate. pic.twitter.com/2nYicAhBQP— Amanda Ober (@AmandaOberWESH) August 26, 2018
OFFICIAL NFL STATEMENT:— NFL (@NFL) August 26, 2018
We are shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific tragedy today in Jacksonville. Our hearts go out to all those affected. (1/2)
We are grateful for the first responders immediately on the scene. We support our partners at EA Sports and will continue to monitor developments with local law enforcement. (2/2)— NFL (@NFL) August 26, 2018
BREAKING: Law enforcement official just told us they have found the car belonging to the suspect in the mass shooting in Jacksonville and they are approaching it with caution in case there are explosives. A bomb detecting robot has been brought in.— Amanda Ober (@AmandaOberWESH) August 26, 2018
UPDATE: Shooter identified as 24-year-old David Katz. He was the Madden tournament champion in 2017.
Jacksonville officials confirm the suspect is David Katz, aka Bread / Ravenschamp, who was a player in the Madden tournament. Weapon was "at least one handgun." https://t.co/sGaxcs2kcf— Matt Pearce ?? (@mattdpearce) August 26, 2018
Jacksonville authorities now confirm that the video game competition shooter was David Katz, 24 of Baltimore. Federal authorities are inside his home right now: https://t.co/ZRLkbb7wdk— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) August 26, 2018
Local sheriff identifies shooter in #JacksonvilleLanding massacre as David Katz, 24, of Baltimore, MD. Katz, known as “bread”, won the Madden 17 Bills tournament at @716FoodandSport in Buffalo. @WGRZ pic.twitter.com/TKmcfZn5ap— Michael Wooten (@wgrzMichael) August 26, 2018
Statement From Jacksonville Jaguars Owner Shad Khan Following Deadly Shooting at Madden Tournament pic.twitter.com/VgUkDOoOoq— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 26, 2018