Bthree people were officially killed in the shooting during a video game competition in a mall in Jacksonville, Florida. Sheriff Mike Williams said at a press conference on Sunday that the shooter was among the dead. “There were three dead on site, one of which is the suspect who took his own life,” said Williams. The sheriff identified the alleged perpetrator as a 24-year-old from Baltimore, Maryland.
Williams added nine victims were also taken to hospital by rescue workers. Some of them had gunshot wounds. Two other injured people with gunshot wounds went to clinics independently.
Shots during a virtual football game
Sheriff Mike Williams had previously announced that the incident took place in one of the restaurants in the mall. According to media reports, the shots were fired during a “Madden 19” tournament, in which video players compete virtually in an American football game. On a video supposedly from the competition, you can hear gunshots and screams in the background. The recording initially shows a virtual football game, then apparently the shots are fired.
A representative from a professional video game team said one of its players was at the tournament in Jacksonville, but fortunately was only slightly injured.
The shopping and entertainment center called “The Landing” is located in the center of the city on the St. John’s River. According to the website, this includes numerous restaurants and a shopping mall. Jacksonville is located in northern Florida and has a population of around 880,000.
The state was the site of a blood bath that left 17 dead on February 14. At the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, a 19-year-old shot dead 14 teenagers and 3 adults. After the fact, there were numerous demonstrations across the country. After the massacre, President Donald Trump held out the prospect of tightening gun laws, but later moved away from it. For this he was sharply criticized.
The president was informed of the fatal incident in Jacksonville on Sunday, his spokeswoman Sarah Sanders announced. There was initially no reaction from Trump.