At least three people, including the alleged gunman, have died at the scene of a shooting at a Madden NFL 19 tournament in Jacksonville, Fla., according to Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams.
In a news conference broadcast on the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Facebook page, Williams said nine victims were transported to area hospitals, seven with gunshot wounds. He also said there were two additional victims with gunshot wounds who traveled to hospitals on their own. According to Williams, all the known victims transported to hospital are in “stable condition.”
The identity of the victims had not been confirmed by police at time of publication.
Williams said police believe the suspect is a 24-year-old man from Baltimore, Maryland. “He was here for the competition," said Williams.
Among the players in attendance was 19-year-old Drini Gjoka, currently signed to compLexity Gaming.
"We're obviously shocked and saddened by this afternoon's events," Jason Lake, Founder and CEO of compLexity Gaming, told theScore esports. "Our player, Drini, was hit in the thumb but is going to be fine. He managed to escape and run down the street to a nearby gym. He's currently cooperating with the authorities and we will be flying him out of Jacksonville as soon as we are given the green light from the officials on the ground."
The Madden event, which was livestreaming at the time of the shooting, was taking place at the Chicago Pizza restaurant at The Jacksonville Landing, a downtown Jacksonville mall plaza, according to police.
The esports community at large took to social media to send their condolences while teams that had players competing at the event have updated the public on their status.
Police are asking anyone in the area who may have information to contact them.