Suspect In Jacksonville Madden Tournament Shooting Identified, 3 Confirmed Dead

Deadly mass shooting at video game tournament in Florida

Authorities in the U.S. state of Florida say there are "multiple fatalities" after a shooting at a shopping centre bar in Jacksonville, where a video game tournament was taking place.

The tournament is held in Las Vegas and draws some 15,000 people.

The copper-topped Jacksonville Landing - a sibling to Baltimore's Inner Harbor - has long served as the iconic backdrop for downtown, even as visitors and its fortunes have lagged in recent years. We will get to you.

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Thirdly, the alleged gunman involved in Sunday's shooting was from Baltimore, Maryland, where "assault weapons" and "high capacity" magazines are banned and where residents must acquire a "Handgun Qualification License" before being allowed to make a handgun purchase. And it's no wonder that everyone wants in on the action - careers can be made and millionaires are minted.

Two men fatally shot during a video game tournament at the Jacksonville Landing have been identified as Taylor Robertson and Eli Clayton.

Jason Lake, founder of eSports organisation CompLexity Gaming which represents one of the gamers injured in the shooting, took to Twitter to suggest events "double down on security". His bio reads: "Winner of last season's Madden Classic, SpotmePlzzz has the skill to completely take over any Madden tournament". The area includes waterfront restaurants and an indoor shopping mall.

Derek Jones of Santa Fe, New Mexico, came to Jacksonville to compete in the Madden tournament and was sitting in a fenced-in patio outside the venue when he heard the gunshots Sunday. He jumped a fence and ran, leaving behind his backpack and cellphone.

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The professional gamer known as "oLARRY2K", of Bucks Gaming, was said to have been shot in the chest, according to several social media users, including one describing herself as his mother. He said it's a complaint he's had with tournament organizers in the past.

"I think personally I'm one of the better players", he said. The Madden tourney will be part of a larger gaming convention called GEXCon. But Jones said that's the only time before Sunday he ever felt physically threatened.

"This is a awful situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved", Madden's creator, EA Sports, said in a statement. They also said they were cooperating with law enforcement during the investigation.

Some top players and industry watchers said Sunday that security hasn't caught up with the seriousness of the sport.

This time, with the incident taking place at a gaming tournament, there is nearly an expectancy that more accusations of violence being directly caused by games and gamers. "Unfortunately, this was a matter of when not if".

"We're obviously shocked and saddened by this afternoon's events. Such a damn shame that now event co-ordinators will respond after a tragedy happens".

Kivlen says gamers competing for cash feel pressure, but most still see it as a game.

Tyler hosts video gaming competitions at his store. "In a world where one day you can go from playing in your bedroom to the next being criticized by millions under spotlights, mental health can't be overlooked".

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