The shooting was partially captured on a livestream of the Madden NFL gaming tournament at the Jacksonville Landing. Gaming has become increasingly professionalized in recent years, with gamers taking on public personas similar to professional athletes, and such events are often followed on video and via social media.
The shooter was a gamer who was competing in the tournament and lost, according to Steven “Steveyj” Javaruski, one of the competitors.
The shooter “targeted a few people” and shot at least five victims before killing himself, Javaruski told The Times in a direct message on Twitter. The gunman killed two or three people “that I saw,” Javaruski said.
In a public tweet, he added that he was escorted out by police after the shooting.
“I am literally so lucky,” gamer Drini Gjoka said in a tweet. “The bullet hit my thumb.”
He added: “Worst day of my life.”
Authorities say they are unsure if there is a second suspect, and are urging the public to stay away from the area.
Sources told News4Jax, a Jacksonville broadcast station, that at least four people had been fatally shot, and 11 total. CNN reported that the shooting occurred at a Madden NFL video game tournament.
This post will be updated as more information becomes available.