At 2:13 EST today, August 26, Jacksonville, Florida’s Sheriff confirmed that there was a mass shooting at the Madden 19 Tournament at the Jacksonville Landing. CompLexity Gaming, a participant, not an organizer of the event as reported, stated that this occurred at the GLHF Game Bar. Individuals are advised to stay far away from the area. One suspect has been reported dead at 2:54 EST. We will continue to follow this story and update throughout the day.
Mass Shooting at Madden 19 Tournament
UPDATE: Taylor “spotmeplzzz” Robertson and Eli “trueboy” Clayton have been identified as victims of the shooting.
While it has been reported by local news stations that there are 11 victims and four killed at Chicago Pizza at Jacksonville Landing, police have not confirmed any specific details, but called the tragedy a “mass shooting”, which is often defined as when at least four victims have been killed.
UPDATE: Memorial Hospital’s spokesman Pete Moberg told CNN that the hospital is treating at least three involved patients, all in stable condition.
The tourney just got shot up. Im leavinng and never coming back
— Drini Gjoka (@YoungDrini) August 26, 2018
Drini Gjoka, a player for CompLexity Gaming, tweeted that a bullet had hit his thumb, CompLexity confirms that the player is safely away from the scene. Founder and CEO of CompLexity Jason Lake urges media to not contact Gjoka and to approach Lake for information.
To the press reaching out for comment:
Please do NOT contact our player directly. He is understandably shaken and is not in a place to be speaking with you right now.
Message me directly and I will share all the information we have at this time, thank you.
— Jason Lake (@JasonBWLake) August 26, 2018
UPDATE: All press inquiries for comment should be addressed to email@example.com.
Madden host and broadcaster Scott Cole has retweeted that player Larry Legend has been shot at the event.
UPDATE: Larry Legend will be entering surgery today and is in stable condition.
— Scott Cole (@ScottColeShow) August 26, 2018
Shooting Recorded During Live Stream on Twitch
Below is a recording of the shooting at the Madden 19 tournament. It is advised that readers approach this content carefully due to disturbing audio and imagery.
Breaking: Reports of a shooting at the Jacksonville Landing during a Madden video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida. Audio reveals sounds of gunfire during the tournament. pic.twitter.com/HOrW2yj24Q
— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) August 26, 2018
Sheriff Reports that a Suspect is Dead
UPDATE: A Los Angeles Times article reports that the shooter was a losing competitor in the tournament. Another competitor, Steven “Steveyj” Javaruski, says that the shooter “targeted a few people” and then shot himself.
UPDATE: Official update from Sheriff detailed that there are no outstanding suspects.
As of 2:54, Jacksonville’s Sheriff’s Office has reported that a suspect is dead at the scene and that it is unknown if there is a second suspect. As detailed in the tweet below, SWAT is searching for individuals hiding in locked areas, advising them to remain where they are.
We are finding many people hiding in locked areas at The Landing. We ask you to stay calm, stay where you are hiding. SWAT is doing a methodical search inside The Landing. We will get to you. Please don’t come running out. #TheLandingMassShooting https://t.co/qBJvkaO7xT
— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) August 26, 2018
According to CNN’s acquired law enforcement source, “Federal law enforcement officials are monitoring the situation in Jacksonville. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is responding to the scene in Jacksonville Landing.”