"We are aware of an incident at a sanctioned Madden Championship Series competition in Jacksonville. EA Sports Madden NFL released a preliminary statement via Twitter. We are working with authorities to gather facts at this stage." The company followed up with a second statement shortly after, expressing its "deepest sympathies" to those involved.
"I feel fine, just a scratch on my head. One player wrote that a bullet grazed his head. Traumatized and devastated."
Williams acknowledged that there are deceased victims at the scene and injured victims at hospitals, and said they "will talk about an operation to get families information as quickly as we can."
The GLHF Game Bar also posted on Facebook that all their staff is safe and accounted for.
Me and my gf are ok everyone and out of the Jville area. This is absolutely sickening. Please pray for the madden players right now injured during the shooting. Shit like this really makes you rethink your actions and the way you live. For sure gunna be some changes going forward
— D3liveranc3 (@PKD3liveranc3) August 26, 2018
— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) August 26, 2018
It was the first of four qualifier events for the Madden Classic series sponsored by EA Sports, which will eventually narrow down to 72 competitors. The first place winner of the tournament will receive a $25,000 cash prize, with smaller cash prizes for those who rank lower for a total of $165,000 in cash prizes. Johns River, was broadcast on Twitch. The tournament, which took place at a collection of shops known as The Landing along the St.
Our player, Drini, was hit in the thumb but is going to be fine. Complexity Gaming, which had a player at the event, also issued a statement to Variety: "We're obviously shocked and saddened by this afternoon's events. He's currently 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." He managed to escape and run down the street to a nearby gym.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Department reported Sunday that multiple people have been killed by a gunman at a livestream event for the new "Madden NFL 19" game at the GLHF Game Bar at The Landing in Jacksonville, Fla.
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) August 26, 2018
This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved.
— Madden NFL 21 (@EAMaddenNFL) August 26, 2018
Participants took to Twitter during and after the shooting to process the incident.
A competitor in the tournament told the Los Angeles Times that the shooter was a player who lost and opened fire on others before killing himself. The Times' source, Steven “Steveyj” Javaruski, said that the shooter shot at least five people, killing two or three, before taking his own life.
"On behalf of everyone from the Overwatch League, we are deeply saddened to hear about the shooting that just took place at a Madden tournament this afternoon in Jacksonville, Fla. We want to express our condolences to the victims and extend our support to everyone impacted by this tragic event." During the Overwatch League All-Star game on Sunday, commentator Chris Puckett read a statement on the shooting.
My son was shot 3 times please keep him in your prayers
— Sujeil (@olarrysmom) August 26, 2018
Shots can be heard in video from the live stream, which eventually cuts off amid shouts and gunfire.
They took me to the hospital. Bullet grazed my head. I feel fine, just a scratch on my head. Traumatized and devastated.
— DUBBY (@DubDotDUBBY) August 26, 2018
The sheriff's department's Twitter indicated that many had sought safety in locked rooms in areas surrounding The Landing. Authorities asked anyone sheltering to call 911 so that they could be found and assisted and warned them not to "come running out" as SWAT was conducting a "methodical search" of the area.
The Sheriff's department on Twitter advised people to stay away from the area as the situation developed.
Florida governor Rick Scott tweeted that he was in contact with the sheriff's department to "offer any state resources he may need." He wrote that he had also spoken with Jacksonville mayor Lenny Curry and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Rich Swearingen.
Preliminary reports place the number of casualties at 11, with four people dead, but Sheriff Mike Williams did not confirm the numbers in a press conference held at 4:30 ET in Jacksonville. Williams said that there are "no outstanding suspects." The suspect who died at the scene is a white male and the sheriff's department is "working to confirm his identity." He added that the Landing has been cleared of all potential witnesses.