Authorities: Multiple Dead In Shooting At Jacksonville Mall

Police barricade a street near the Jacksonville Landing in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. Florida authorities are reporting multiple fatalities after a mass shooting at the riverfront mall in Jacksonville... Police barricade a street near the Jacksonville Landing in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. Florida authorities are reporting multiple fatalities after a mass shooting at the riverfront mall in Jacksonville that was hosting a video game tournament. (AP Photo/Laura Heald) MORE LESS
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August 26, 2018 2:55 pm
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A “Madden NFL 19” video game tournament was the scene of a mass shooting Sunday. Multiple people were killed and more injured when a single gunman opened fire inside a Jacksonville, Florida mall.

Sheriff Mike Williams confirmed at a press briefing following the shooting, which occurred at the Jacksonville Landing mall, that there were multiple “deceased victims at the scene.” He said the perpetrator was a yet-unidentified white male, who he said was deceased. Williams said there were no outstanding suspects.

The shooting was an attack on a video football tournament, which was held in a gaming bar that shares space with a pizzeria. Viewers could watch the games online and see the players.

“We are finding many people hiding in locked areas at The Landing. We ask you to stay calm, stay where you are hiding,” the sheriff’s office said on Twitter. “SWAT is doing a methodical search inside The Landing. We will get to you. Please don’t come running out.”

Police barricaded a three-block radius around the mall. Officers and Coast Guard boats patrolled the nearby river. Many ambulances could be seen in the area, but the mall area appeared empty of all but law enforcement. Police also took up positions on a bridge overlooking the river.

The Jacksonville Landing, in the heart of the city’s downtown, also hosts concerts and other entertainment and was the site of Donald Trump rally in October 2015 early in his campaign for the White House.

Multiple shots can be heard on a live-streamed recording of the tournament. The New York Times noted: “Just before the shots were heard on the live stream, a red laser dot appeared on the chest of one of the players.”

This post has been updated.

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