At the first event during the Madden tournament season, a gunman opened fire on the crowd, firing at least a dozen shots, per a clip of the Twitch broadcast shared on Twitter. Jacksonville police report (via NBC News) “multiple fatalities.” Local NBC News affiliate First Coast News reports that law enforcement officials told them there have been four fatalities with 11 injuries. One participant, Drini Gjoka, tweeted that he’d been hit in the thumb by a bullet.
The LA Times reports that “the shooter was a gamer who was competing in the tournament and lost,” per their interview with tournament participant Steven Javaruski. From that same conversation in the LA Times report, “The shooter ‘targeted a few people’ and shot at least five victims before killing himself.”
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has been sharing updates on their Twitter feed. EA Sports told IGN, “We are aware of an incident at a sanctioned Madden Championship Series competition in Jacksonville. We are working with authorities to gather facts at this stage, [but] this is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved.”
Popular streamer Ninja expressed his condolences on Twitter, saying, “My heart goes out to the family, friends and people affected by the Madden shooting today.”