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4 Killed, 10 Injured in Mass Shooting at Video Game Tournament in Florida

A shooter has killed four people and injured 10 others at a video game tournament being streamed online from a restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida, according to local media citing police sources.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said a suspect was dead at the scene.

“Searches are being conducted,” it said on Twitter.

Emergency crews and law enforcement flooded into The Jacksonville Landing, a waterfront dining, entertainment and shopping precinct in the city after the incident on Sunday local time.

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.

In the live-streamed video of the tournament on social media, several shots can be heard ringing out.

Players can be seen reacting to the gunfire and cries can be heard before the footage cuts off.

One Twitter user, Drini Gjoka, said he was in the tournament and was shot in the thumb.

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.

Florida Governor Rick Scott said he had offered the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office any state resources it needed.

Florida has been the site of other recent mass shootings — the February massacre of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, and the fatal shooting of 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando two years ago.

The latest shooting occurs amid a debate about US gun laws.

Reacting to news of today’s shooting during the tournament involving its video game, Madden 19 maker Electronic Arts Inc said it was working with authorities to gather facts.

“This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved,” the company said on Twitter.

Reuters

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