1 suspect dead, ‘multiple fatalities’ in Jacksonville Landing mass shooting

George McgeeAug 27, 2018

Williams said they believe 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore carried out the attack, but they are working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to finalize confirmation of his identity.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office confirmed to NBC News that they sent multiple officers to respond to a shooting downtown.

"I just can't wrap my head around the fact we were here traveling just to play video games, something that we love to do, and it's just sad that lives were lost because of it", Williams told reporters at the scene.

Williams said deputies found two victims and the suspect dead when they arrived at the tournament, which was being held at The Jacksonville Landing, a collection of restaurants and shops in the downtown area of the city.

Gamer Drini Gjoka tweeted his relief to be alive after police urged people to stay away from the area after "multiple fatalities" at The Jacksonville Landing entertainment complex.

Police say the shooter killed two people before taking his own life, but they've declined to comment on his motive. The area is not safe at this time. "Then we heard repeat shots and we took off running".

Gjoka tweeted that he was hit in the thumb when the tournament "got shot up".

Esports turn a variety of video games into a professional sport, USA Today reported, mentioning that Call of Duty could be considered the "football" of the gaming world.

"Searches are being conducted", the sheriff's office said.

The maker of the Madden NFL video games, EA Sports, lists a David Katz as the victor of a 2017 championship among gamers representing NFL team The Buffalo Bills.

They remained on the scene at Katz's home in the 1200 block of Harbor Island Walk near Baltimore's Inner Harbor on Sunday night. "Love you all and hope something like this never happens again".

President Donald Trump has been briefed on the situation, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott tweeted that he offered state resources to the local sheriff's office.

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