Jacksonville Sheriff: 3 dead including gunman in Florida shooting, suspect identified

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JACKSONVILLE, FL - According to the  Jacksonville sheriff, 3 people, including the gunman, were killed in a mass shooting during a video game tournament at a shopping and dining complex in downtown Jacksonville, Florida, on Sunday afternoon.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said during a press conference Sunday evening that they received calls at 1:34 p.m. for shots fired in a Chicago Pizza restaurant within the Jacksonville Landing complex. They say officials were on scene 2 minutes later.

The shooting occurred during a qualifying event for the Madden 19 Tournament at the GLHF Game Bar, according to the Twitter of CompLexity Gaming, one of the gaming teams. Sounds of the shooting were captured as the gaming tournament was being livestreamed. After the shots, the game abruptly stopped. The stream did not show the shooting.

The suspect, later identified as 24-year-old David Katz from Baltimore, reportedly used a handgun to commit his act. Katz was in town for the competition, however, officials say his motive is reportedly unknown and under investigation.

According to authorities, Katz took his own life during the incident.

Officials say they have Katz's vehicle in custody and will be continuing their investigation.

The sheriff says there were a total of 14 victims - 3 deceased on scene, including the suspect, 9 with gunshot wounds, and 2 who sustained injuries after fleeing the scene.  He says these numbers could change when they learn of any victims who may have transported themselves to the hospital.

Authorities say they are still in the process of identifying victims and contacting families.  It is currently unknown if Katz had any relation to the victims.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said that the sheriff's office is working with local, state and federal agencies on this investigation.

Curry said that many witnesses have spoken to authorities but urged anyone with additional information to reach out to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Officials say the FBI and The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in Baltimore are assisting the sheriff's office with their investigation.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says any additional information will be released via their Twitter account.

Officials at UF Health Jacksonville said Sunday afternoon that they were treating at least six patients that were involved in the gaming shooting incident. Five of those patients were reportedly in stable condition, and one needed additional care, according to a UF trauma surgeon.

According to hospital officials, the victims ranged in age from 20 to 35 years old. The victim in serious condition had multiple gunshot wounds to the chest, and doctors were monitoring this patient's heart.

President Donald Trump has been briefed on the situation, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, and federal law enforcement officials are monitoring the situation.

More on the Jacksonville shooting here.

Video of the Sunday afternoon press conference with the sheriff's office and  hospital officials here:

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