Three people, including the suspected shooter, are dead and nine others received gunshot injuries in a mass shooting during a video gaming competition at a restaurant in Florida, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Sunday.
The suspected shooter, who used at least one handgun, was 24-year-old David Katz, a white man from Baltimore, Williams said.
Two others were injured while fleeing the scene, the sheriff added.
The shooting appeared to have occurred at GLHF Game Bar in Jacksonville Landing, the riverside entertainment district in the Florida city of Jacksonville.
The bar was hosting a regional competition for e-sports players of “Madden NFL 19,” published by EA Sports, and Williams confirmed that Katz was there for the tournament, but added that his motive for the shooting was currently unknown.
Katz died from a self-inflicted gunshot, Williams said.
The restaurant had earlier tweeted that Sunday was the second day of a 5,000-dollar Madden NFL tournament, a south-east regional qualifier for a national e-sports championship.
“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,” EA Sports tweeted.
“This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved.”
A video from Twitch.TV, which streams live gaming, showed Madden NFL players in mid-game when about a dozen shots and screams were captured on audio.
CompLexity Gaming, a company that sponsors e-sports competitors, tweeted that one of its players was “grazed in the hand” in the incident but “away from the scene and safe.”
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said US President Donald Trump had been briefed on the shooting.