Investigators examine online video following four deaths in shooting spree
The suspect was found dead of a self-inflicted wound at a venue where a video game event was being staged.
A gunman opened fire during an online video game tournament that was being live-streamed from a Florida shopping centre, killing multiple people and sending many others to hospitals, authorities said.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office did not immediately confirm the number of dead at the Jacksonville Landing, a collection of restaurants and shops along the St Johns River.
But an official close to the investigation said the shooting left four people dead and that the gunman died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
It was not clear if the suspect’s death was included in the overall toll.
This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved.— #WeAreMadden (@EAMaddenNFL) August 26, 2018
Sheriff Mike Williams said authorities had yet to identify the suspect who attacked the video American football tournament, which featured the game Madden NFL 19.
The competition was held in a gaming bar that shares space with a pizzeria.
Viewers could watch the games online and see the players.
Investigators were looking into online video that appeared to capture the scene right before the shooting began, Mr Williams said.
A red dot that appears to be a laser pointer is visible on the chest of a player seconds before the first of a dozen gunshots rings out.
Mass shooting at the Jacksonville Landing. Stay far away from the area. The area is not safe at this time. STAY AWAY #TheLandingMassShooting— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) August 26, 2018
The sheriff’s office used Twitter and Facebook to warn people to stay far away and to ask anyone who was hiding to call 911.
“We are finding many people hiding in locked areas at The Landing. We ask you to stay calm, stay where you are hiding.
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
“Swat is doing a methodical search inside The Landing. We will get to you. Please don’t come running out,” the sheriff’s office said via Twitter.
The sheriff’s office did not provide any other information, but also warned reporters to stay away from the area.
Police barricaded a three-block radius around the centre.
Officers and Coast Guard boats patrolled the nearby river.
Many ambulances could be seen in the area, but the shopping centre area appeared empty of all but law enforcement.
Police also took up positions on a bridge overlooking the river.
The Jacksonville Landing, in the heart of the city’s downtown, also hosts concerts and other entertainment.
It was the site of a Donald Trump rally in 2015, early in his campaign for the White House.