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Shooting at a Jacksonville, Florida esports event leaves four dead

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Chaos erupted at an esports tournament in Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday when a mass shooting ended with multiple fatalities and many more injured.

Word of the shooting first emerged on Twitch, from a live feed of the Madden NFL 19 Classic qualifier at Jacksonville’s GLHF Game Bar. In the disturbing audio-only account, rapid bursts of gunfire are heard multiple times over the shouts of attendees.

Jacksonville police confirmed on Sunday evening that there were three fatalities, one of which was the gunman, who took his own life. Nine others were injured in the attack, police confirmed (h/t CNN). 

Police have only confirmed that the gunman is a white male, though eyewitness accounts have filled in other details. Steven “SteveyJ” Javaruski, a pro Madden player who was participating in the event and witnessed the shooting, told the Los Angeles Timesthat the gunman was a competitor who had lost. 

A number of tournament participants have taken to Twitter in the hours since the shooting to speak out about what happened.

Reached for comment, Madden publisher Electronic Arts shared the following statement with Mashable: 

The tragic situation that occurred Sunday in Jacksonville was a senseless act of violence that we strongly condemn. Our most heartfelt sympathies go out to the families of the victims whose lives were taken today and those who were injured.

All of us at Electronic Arts are devastated by this horrific event, and we also join the community in thanking the first responders who were quickly on the scene.

Our focus right now is on those affected, and supporting law enforcement as they continue their investigation into this crime.

Local news notes that Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams will be addressing the situation in a press conference later on Sunday. We’ll update this story as more details emerge.

UPDATED Aug. 26, 2018 5:00 p.m. ET with additional details from Jacksonville police and social media.

UPDATED Aug. 26, 2018 8:01 p.m. ET with additional details from local police.

UPDATED Aug. 27, 2018 7:37 a.m. ET with a more detailed statement from Electronic Arts.

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