‘Multiple fatalities’ reported in mass shooting at gaming tournament in Jacksonville, Florida

August 26, 2018 7:57 PM

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Multiple people are dead, including a suspect, in what authorities called a mass shooting at a mall in downtown Jacksonville, Fla., on Sunday.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said that it did not know whether there were additional gunmen and that police were searching the area for suspects. The incident occurred at the Madden 19 video game tournament at the Jackson Landing mall.

"Stay far away from the area...The area is not safe at this time. STAY AWAY," The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office wrote Sunday afternoon on Twitter.

A live stream of the competition on Twitch showed a red laser dot briefly appearing on a competitor's sweatshirt before the camera angle switched and gunshots could be heard. The competitor has not been identified, and it's unclear whether he was hit.

Officials have not said how many were shot or injured. But three people, now in stable condition, were treated at Memorial Hospital in southeast Jacksonville, hospital spokesman Peter Moberg said. He could not say if other patients may have been sent to other hospitals.

Danny Flaherty, a 22-year-old gamer from the United Kingdom, said that he heard gunshots and that his "only thoughts" afterward were "to run."

"We have been informed by the police that we cannot discuss the information as it's not a murder scene," he told The Washington Post.

Source: thestar.com

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