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Florida police respond to mass shooting reports at video game tournament in Jacksonville

David Katz has been identified as the suspect who carried out the mass shooting at a Madden 19 video game tournament in Jacksonville Landing Jacksonville, Florida.

The sheriff's office said that one suspect was dead at the scene but it was unknown at this time if there was a second suspect.

Officials from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said there are "multiple fatalities" from a shooting that occurred at the Jacksonville Landing.

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A witness told Fox News that the shooter "was a gamer, for sure", and said there were "multiple guys who were upset" at being knocked out of the competition, a regional qualifying tournament for the national Madden NFL Championship.

Authorities say they are finding many people hiding in locked areas at The Landing. The area is not safe at this time. Sheriff Mike Williams said the scene has been secured and there are no outstanding suspects. They are searching the building now, and many people are in hiding.

Ryan Alemon said he was in the bar when at least one gunman began shooting.

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The motive behind the shooting is not yet known.

"I just can't wrap my head around the fact we were here traveling just to play video games, something that we love to do, and it's just sad that lives were lost because of it", he said.
"Then we heard repeat shots and we took off running", said Mr Williams, who participated in the tournament earlier.

Katz was an avid gamer and has participated in various Madden tournaments in recent years. "I think the eSports industry as a whole is going to have to step back and take a look at further strengthening our security". JSO is urging people to stay put and call 911 so police can come and rescue them.

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EA Sports, publisher of the Madden videogame, tweeted they were aware of the incident and said, "This is a disgusting situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved". "We can not accept this as our reality", said Delaney Tarr, one of the organizers of the student-led March for Our Lives movement.

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