Four people were killed and 11 injured after the sight of a Madden online video game competition turned into the scene of a mass shooting on Sunday. According to witnesses, one of the participants opened fire on his rivals after losing in the tournament, which was being hosted inside a pizza restaurant, shooting multiple people before taking his own life.
The incident took place at a Chicago Pizza in the Jacksonville Landing complex in Jacksonville, Florida, according to a report by the Daily Mail.
The restaurant was hosting a Madden NFL online gaming tournament.
Multiple fatalities were confirmed by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, including the death of the suspect who has only been identified as a white male.
One witness stated that the shooter appeared to have a laser on his firearm, helping him target victims.
The local sheriff’s office stated that they were finding people hiding in various locked areas within “The Landing” complex.
“We are finding many people hiding in locked areas at The Landing,” said the sheriff’s office in a tweet.
“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.”
Livestream audio from the scene captured the screams of other tournament participants after gunfire rang out while two young men were playing.
Shortly after the first shots were fired, the commentators on the livestream go silent. Then the feed cut out, displaying a message that stated, “controller disconnected.”
Drini Gjoka, a gamer who was shot in the hand during the shooting, said in a tweet, “The tourney just got shot up. I’m leaving and never coming back. I am literally so lucky. The bullet hit my thumb. Worst day of my life.”
He added, “I will never take anything for granted ever again. Life can be cut short in a second.”
The mother of Larry Legend, another gamer at the tournament, tweeted, “My son was shot 3 times please keep him in your prayers.”