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Gaming Event Turns Deadly as Gunman Opens Fire

Police in Jacksonville, Fla. called it a 'mass shooting'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 26, 2018 2:46 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Four people were reported killed Sunday and scores more injured when a gunman opened fire at a Florida video game tournament. Per CNN, attendees were gathered at an officially sanctioned event for the Madden Championship Series when shots rang out at a riverfront mall in Jacksonville. Per the AP, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is reporting that one suspect is dead at the scene after the shooting at Jacksonville Landing, but it was unknown if there were other suspects involved. At least 11 were reportedly injured. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office used Twitter and Facebook to warn people to steer clear of the Jacksonville Landing. The department says to "stay far away from the area. The area is not safe at this time. STAY AWAY."

"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," the sheriff's office said via Twitter. The sheriff's office didn't provide any other information, but also warned news media to stay away from the area, which contains restaurants and shops along the St. Johns River. The GLHF Game Bar at the Landing was hosting a Madden 19 video game tournament at the time of the shooting. In an official statement on Twitter, EA Sports, which distributes the Madden games, said they were aware of the "horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved."
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