A gunman opened fire at a Madden Championship Series tournament today. The tournament was taking place in downtown Jacksonville, Florida, and reports suggest that four have been left dead in the shooting while further accounts come in.
This event was the first of four Madden NFL 19 Classic qualifier events being run, kicking off the start of the official Madden tournament season, and was taking place at the GLHF Game Bar at the Jacksonville Landing complex. The purpose of the tournament was to then decide who would go on to reach the Round of 16 held in Las Vegas later in the year.
However, during the tournament a gunman opened fire, as reported by CNN. According to incoming reports, at least eleven people have been shot overall, with four left dead in the attack. At least three people are being treated at the Jacksonville Memorial Hospital, and are in a stable condition. Update: Some contestants are now speaking out on social media:
Me cole guru and Larry are all gonna be good. From the people with me Larry got the worst of it but he’s super fuckin tough. Others got the worst of it and I’m literally sitting here crying thinking about their friends and family.— G-tech (@maddenvtech) August 26, 2018
Update 2: Two of the four people to die as a result of the shooting are reportedly tournament competitors Eli Clayton (aka Trueboy) and Taylor Robertson (aka Spotme).
RIP to Trueboy and Spotme. This is the worst day of my life.— Noble SteveyJ (@ImSteveyJ) August 26, 2018
Update 3: New details are now being reported by Jacksonville authorities, via The Associated Press. These include that the suspected shooter is believed to be a 24-year-old man from Baltimore, and a revision of the death toll down from 4 to 3, including the suspect.
BREAKING: Jacksonville Sheriff: 3 dead including gunman in Florida shooting, suspect believed to be 24-year-old Baltimore man— The Associated Press (@AP) August 26, 2018
BREAKING: Authorities: 3 dead including suspect, 9 others shot and wounded and 2 more hurt fleeing gunfire in Florida— The Associated Press (@AP) August 26, 2018
Update 4: Game developer Bungie has announced a "day of silence" out of respect for the victims.
Out of respect for the victims in Jacksonville, Florida, we will be observing a day of silence on all Bungie and Destiny channels.— Bungie (@Bungie) August 26, 2018
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has so far confirmed that there are "multiple fatalities," and also stated that one suspect is dead at the scene. However, the office has advised those hiding in the building to stay calm and remain hidden, and to call 911 for officers at the scene to come and find them. According to recent reports from the LA Times, the gunman was another competitor at the tournament itself, although this is not yet verified.
At the moment, the full details of the event have not been confirmed, but eye witness reports state that at least twenty shots were fired by the gunman. One of those injured in the attack was CompLexity Gaming player Drini. Team CEO Jason Lake advised that 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." Lake confirmed that Drini is "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."
Electronic Arts also offered a statement on the shooting. The company confirmed that it is working with the authorities to "gather facts" on the events at the Madden tournament. "This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved." In time, further information on exactly what happened will be confirmed, but for now those local to the site are being advised to stay away altogether.