By Katherine Lam, Travis Fedshun, Nicole Darrah, Fox News
A shooting Sunday during a gaming event at a popular shopping center in Jacksonville, Fla., killed two people and wounded several others before the gunman killed himself, investigators confirmed.
The gunfire was heard around 1 p.m ET at a video gaming event held at The Jacksonville Landing, Madden NFL Championship Series.
In addition to the two killed in the attack, 11 people were injured, nine of them with gunshot wounds, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said at a news conference Sunday night.
Williams said the gunman was believed to be 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore, who was in Florida for the gaming tournament.
(Police in Jacksonville, Florida, reported “multiple fatalities at the scene, many transported” at Jacksonville Landing, a downtown marketplace hosting a Madden 19 video game tournament on Sunday. Courtesy of NBC News and YouTube. Posted on Aug 26, 2018.)
Law enforcement sources earlier said four people were killed before the sheriff revised the number to three.
The incident is being investigated as a criminal act, and not an act of terrorism, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
While the sheriff’s office has taken the lead on the case, the FBI’s Jacksonville office has deployed personnel to assist local law enforcement in their investigation.
One witness at the gaming event told Fox News that someone who was competing in the tournament lost and was upset.
A previous account from the witness stated the suspect “went crazy and started shooting up the room,” but later clarified that in events like this, “There are multiple guys who are upset or are saying things are like, ‘BS,’ if you will.”
Police have not confirmed a possible motive.
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The gamer said he had gone outside of the building — which he said had roughly 50 people inside — to make a phone call when the shots rang out.
He said he saw people fighting to get out of the place, and he started running from the area.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives wrote on Twitter it was responding to the shooting in downtown Jacksonville.
Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville confirmed to Fox News that three individuals were being treated and remained in stable condition.
UF Health Jacksonville confirmed six victims with gunshot wounds were transported to the university hospital, all between the ages of 20 and 35.
Five were in stable condition while one was in serious condition.
(A witness to the events of a mass shooting as a Madden 19 video game tournament says other witnesses told her the shooting suspect was a “regular gamer” who started shooting after an argument. Courtesy of aBC, Global News and YouTube. Posted on Aug 28, 2018.)