3 Dead, 11 Injured After Mass Shooting at ‘Madden 19’ Event in Jacksonville (Update)

The sole suspect took his own life at the scene, authorities say

Last Updated: August 27, 2018 @ 7:06 AM

A mass shooting at a “Madden 19” video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, on Sunday has resulted in three deaths and 11 injuries, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Mike Williams told members of the media during a press briefing Sunday that at 1:34 ET, they received a 911 call that shots had been fired at Chicago Pizza at the Jacksonville Landing. Authorities arrived two minutes later, at which time they evacuated and locked down the area. A SWAT team and bomb squad arrived shortly thereafter and swept the area.

Three people were found dead at the scene, including the suspect, who took his own life. Nine victims were transported to area hospitals, seven of which had gunshot wounds and two others who sustained injuries while fleeing the restaurant. Two additional people wounded by gunshot transported themselves to the hospital. All are in stable condition.

The suspect, believed to be a 24-year-old man from Baltimore, Maryland, will not be named until his identity is confirmed. They have no other suspects at this time.

Sheriff Williams says at least one handgun was used in the shooting spree.

The tournament was being broadcast on Twitch, and live video and audio from the moment the shooting started was caught on video. [Note: The audio may be disturbing]

The Twitter page of CompLexity Gaming, an e-sports team that was competing in the tournament, tweeted an update from the event, saying there had been a shooting. Other professional gaming leagues and teams also began tweeting updates from the event, as well as condolences for their fellow gamers.

Electronic Arts, the company behind “Madden 19,” tweeted a statement saying: “We are aware of an incident at a sanctioned Madden Championship Series competition in Jacksonville. We are working with authorities to gather facts at this stage.”

As news of the shooting got out, several current and former NFL players also began tweeting condolences and calls for gun violence to end.

EA issued a response from the official Madden Twitter account on Sunday evening as well.