Police in Jacksonville, Florida, are responding to a “mass shooting” at the Jacksonville Landing shopping mall, according to officials.

Multiple fatalities have been confirmed, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office tweeted. A suspected shooter is dead and police are searching for a possible second suspect, the office tweeted.

We can’t stress enough to stay away. Many blocks away. https://t.co/qBJvkaO7xT

— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) August 26, 2018

One suspect is dead at the scene, unknown at this time if we have a second suspect. Searches are being conducted. https://t.co/qBJvkaO7xT

— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) August 26, 2018

Local media reported heavy police and emergency response presence at the scene. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is responding to the scene, the agency tweeted.

Early reports indicate the shooting took place during a gaming event at GLHF Game Bar next to Chicago Pizza in Jacksonville Landing, which is located in downtown Jacksonville. American eSports organizations tweeted that the shooting occurred during the southern qualifier round of the Madden NFL 19 championship series, a football video game tournament.

“This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved,” tweeted video game company EA Sports, which organized the tournament.

A livestream of the tournament appeared to capture the shooting in real time. The video, hosted on livestreaming platform Twitch, appears to show players participating in the tournament before 12 gunshots are fired.

WARNING: The video below contains graphic footage and audio. HuffPost has not been able to independently verify its authenticity.

Twitch livestream of Madden NFL tournament qualifier in Jacksonville broadcasts mass shooting, horrific aftermath https://t.co/kKcpNuGFRi pic.twitter.com/98FwkWMfOp

— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) August 26, 2018

Viewers were quick to point out that a red laser dot seemed to appear on the chest of a player wearing a red sweatshirt and white headphones moments before gunshots rang out.

CompLexity Gaming, which represents player Drini Gjoka, tweeted that he had been “grazed in the hand” during the shooting.

“We’re obviously shocked and saddened by this afternoon’s events,” CompLexity CEO and founder Jason Lake told HuffPost in a statement. “Our player, Drini, was hit in the thumb but is going to be fine. He managed to escape and run down the street to a nearby gym. He’s currently cooperating with the authorities and we will be flying him out of Jacksonville as soon as we are given the green light from the officials on the ground.”

Jacksonville Landing tweeted it was “fully cooperating” with law enforcement officials and ongoing investigations.

We are deeply saddened at the incident and pray for everyone involved. The Jacksonville Landing is fully cooperating with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and all ongoing investigations. pic.twitter.com/OxsBNzbMm4

— Jacksonville Landing (@JaxLanding) August 26, 2018

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Nina Golgowski, Doha Madani, Andy McDonald, Rebecca Shapiro and Samantha Tomaszewski contributed reporting.


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