At least four people were reported dead and eleven injured in a “mass shooting” at a pizza restaurant in Florida.
Police warned public and media to stay away from Jacksonville Landing, a waterfront entertainment complex in the state capital, after at least one gunman opened fire on Sunday afternoon.
Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office tweeted: “Mass shooting at the Jacksonville Landing. Stay far away from the area. The area is not safe at this time. STAY AWAY.
“Multiple fatalities at the scene, many transported. #TheLandingMassShooting.”
Police said one suspect was dead at the scene. It was not immediately clear whether the shooting was the work of a single or lone gunman and police asked members of the public to remain inside while SWAT teams searched the area.
Early reports suggest the gunman opened fire inside a pizza restaurant, where a sports video game tournament was taking place.
Chicago Pizza was live-streaming the tournament for the Madden NFL football video game when at least twelve shots rang out, according to video of the stream shared on social media.
In the video, players can be seen reacting to the gunfire and cries can be heard before the footage cuts off.
Just before the shots were heard , a red laser dot appeared on the chest of one of the players, who was wearing white headphones and a red sweatshirt.
SK Gaming, a professional online sports organization based in Germany, said it sent a player to the event in Florida, said there was a shooting at the tournament.
“There was a shooting at the Madden tournament in Jacksonville. Our player @JoelCP_ is safe. Our thoughts are with everyone that had to be part of such a horrendous event. Stay strong, stay safe,” the organization tweeted.
Sujeil Lopez was at home in Tampa Bay, Florida when she got a call that her son Larry, 25, had been shot, the New York Times reported.
“I have to get to him. I am four hours away from him and I have to get to my son,” Ms Lopez told the newspaper.
“He was shot three times, once on the nipple, once on his hand and somewhere else.” she said
Her son is a professional video game player for the Bucks Gaming team, according to his Twitter profile.
Another gamers, Drini Gjoka, said on Twitter that a bullet struck him in a thumb.
He tweeted: “The tourney just got shot up. I’m leaving and never coming back. I am literally so lucky. The bullet hit my thumb. Worst day of my life. I will never take anything for granted ever again. Life can be cut short in a second.”