Multiple dead in shooting at video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida


Authorities in Jacksonville, Fla., have identified a Baltimore man as the perpetrator of a mass shooting Sunday during a video game tournament.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said the suspected shooter shot himself and is among the dead.

Federal authorities stage and search a home in Baltimore's Inner Harbor as part of an investigation into the Jacksonville mass shooting. One person was taken to Baptist Medical Center with a minor injury. One victim was in serious condition and the other five were in good condition. The victims ranged in age from 20 to 35 years old. The most critical victim was shot in the chest, but is expected to survive.

"The bullet hit my thumb", tweeted gamer Drini Gjoka.

The competition was aired livestreamed on Twitch TV and multiple gunshots were heard on the livestream before the game came to a stop.

Professional video gaming, or eSports, is a fast-growing industry where players compete against each other for lucrative prizes, often in front of large audiences. The stream did not show the shooting. The games maker, EA Sports, lists a David Katz as a 2017 championship victor.

Sheriff Williams said the shooting occurred inside the Chicago Pizza restaurant in the complex around 1.30pm (1730 GMT).

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"I'm still shocked, I can hardly talk", he said.

Dozens of ambulances and police cars flooded into The Jacksonville Landing, a waterfront dining, entertainment and shopping site in the city's downtown, after several shots rang out on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

One woman told ABC that the shooter had gotten into an argument with another gamer, after which he went and stood at the back of the room.

"He's now 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", Jason Lake, CompLexity Gaming founder and CEO, said in a statement.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump had been briefed and was monitoring the situation.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, meanwhile, confirmed he had offered state support in the aftermath.

"We are grateful for the first responders immediately on the scene".