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4 dead, 10 wounded in shooting at Florida video game tournament: Police

The shooting took place at a restaurant at Jacksonville Landing, a waterfront dining, entertainment and shopping site in downtown Jacksonville, according to local media.

world Updated: Aug 27, 2018 03:14 IST
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Police gather after a shooter was reported at the Jacksonville Landing in Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday.(AP)

A shooter killed four people and wounded 10 others on Sunday at a video game tournament that was being streamed online from a restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida, local media said citing police sources.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said the lone suspect was dead.

“He is a white male, and we are still working to confirm his identity,” Jacksonville Sheriff, Mike Williams said, adding that there was no other suspect in the shooting and that authorities have cleared the scene of fatal mass shooting at mall.

A source close to the investigation says the suspect who opened fire died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The source spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to release information on the shooting.

Emergency crews and law enforcement flooded into The Jacksonville Landing, a waterfront dining, entertainment and shopping site in the city’s downtown.

Jacksonville’s UF Health Hospital’s staff said six victims were brought there, of which the condition of one was serious, while that of the five others was stable.

The shooting took place during a regional qualifier for the Madden 19 online game tournament at the GLHF Game Bar inside a Chicago Pizza restaurant, according to the venue’s website.

“Multiple fatalities at the scene, many transported,” the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office tweeted earlier.

“Stay far away from the area. The area is not safe at this time. STAY AWAY.”

The sheriff’s office said many people were transported to hospital, and its deputies were 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,” it said on Twitter. “We will get to you. Please don’t come running out.”

The Miami Herald newspaper said the shooting happened at a video game tournament and counted four dead and 11 wounded.

The Los Angeles Times reported the shooter was a gamer who was competing in the tournament and lost. Citing messages from another player in the room, the Times said the gunman appeared to target several victims before killing himself. Reuters could not immediately confirm that account of events.

In subsequent tweets, police said they were still searching The Landing entertainment and shopping complex, where the Madden 19 tournament was being held at the GLHF Game Bar.

Madden is the official video game of the National Football League.

Police urged people hiding in locked areas of the complex to stay in place and call 911.

CompLexity Gaming, one of the gaming teams, said its player Drini Gjoka was grazed on his hand.

“I will never take anything for granted ever again. Life can be cut short in a second,” he tweeted.

The Florida shooting occurs amid a debate about U.S. gun laws that was given fresh impetus by the massacre in February of 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

Two years ago a gunman killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, a Republican who is challenging longtime Democratic Senator Bill Nelson in November’s election, said he had offered to provide local authorities with any state resources they might need.

First Published: Aug 27, 2018 00:14 IST