Jacksonville Madden 19 Tournament Target of Mass Shooting, Per Authorities
Aerial view of downtown Jacksonville, Fla. Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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The sheriff’s office in Jacksonville, Florida, confirmed the Jacksonville Landing was the site of a mass shooting Sunday that killed two people and wounded nine others. The gunman also killed himself.

According to CNN’s Eric Levenson and AnneClaire Stapleton, the shooting occurred during a Madden 19 tournament qualifying event.

“On an online stream of the Madden event posted to the website Twitch, several loud gunshots can be heard, and the game abruptly stops,” Levenson and Stapleton wrote.

Police later confirmed the fatalities, while the Los Angeles TimesMatt Pearce spoke to a competitor in the event who said the alleged shooter targeted fellow players after losing a game in the tournament and then killed himself.

Jacksonville police announced he was the only suspect in the case.

“We have no outstanding suspects at this time. No outstanding suspects,” Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said at a news conference, via CNN. “We have one suspect in this case. He is deceased at the scene.”

Drini Gjoka, who took part in the tournament, tweeted he had been shot in the thumb:

Vic Micolucci of WJXT in Jacksonville shared a photo of authorities responding to the scene:

The NFL later released a statement on the shooting:

Electronic Arts, which produces the Madden game series, released the following statement on Twitter:

“The tragic situation that occurred Sunday in Jacksonville was a senseless act of violence that we strongly condemn. Our most heartfelt sympathies go out to the families of the victims whose lives were taken today and those who were injured.

“All of us at Electronic Arts are devastated by this horrific event, and we also join the community in thanking the first responders who were quickly on the scene.

“Our focus right now is on those affected, and supporting law enforcement as they continue their investigation into this crime.”

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