Authorities search for motive in deadly Jacksonville mass shooting

JACKSONVILLE, Fl. — Police in Jacksonville confirmed three people were killed and eleven injured in a mass shooting that erupted Sunday afternoon at a venue in a popular area of the city.

The shooting happened at a Madden 2019 video gaming tournament at the Jacksonville Landing entertainment complex.

"I heard two or three more rounds and while those rounds were going off, he was backing out of the room," a witness told

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Officials said one suspect died at the scene and that it is unknown if there is another suspect.

Authorities said 24-year-old David Katz from Baltimore opened fire before turning the gun on himself. At a news conference, police confirmed Katz was in the city for the tournament.

Police said the victims were all in the 20-35 age range. Some victims were from out-of-state.

In a statement, EA Sports, the maker of the Madden NFL same said, "This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved."

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The Jacksonville Landing complex is known for hosting watch parties when the University of Florida plays rival University of Georgia among other events.

The FBI and ATF are assisting in the investigation.

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9:11 p.m.

Gov. Rick Scott meets with law enforcement. He said, "This is a horrible day. Unfortunately at the end of the day, we have to grieve for individuals who senselessly lost their lives."

8:13 p.m.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry releases a statement about the shooting.

7:47 p.m.

ATF is in the neighborhood where its believed the shooter, David Katz, lived. Our ABC affiliate station took this photo of the scene.

6:11 p.m.

The Jacksonville Jaguars released a statement in regards to Sunday's shooting.

5:58 p.m.

Sources tell the Associated Press that the Jacksonville gunman died from a self-inflicted gunshot

5:27 p.m.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said President Trump has offered federal resources to respond to the shooting.

5:00 p.m.

We're learning more about the victims and what happened during the shooting. UF Health Jacksonville is treating 6 patients.

4:00 p.m.

The Jacksonville Landing complex's official Twitter account tweeting saying they are "fully cooperating with investigators."

3:50 p.m.

Florida Senator Bill Nelson releases statement about the shooting saying in part, "Word of another tragic mass shooting in our state brings shock and outrage."

3:49 p.m.

We've learned President Donald Trump has been briefed about the mass shooting in Jacksonville, Florida.

3:48 p.m.

Sources with Action News Jax say 4 dead, 11 transported to hospital.

3:45 p.m.

3:17 p.m.

EA Sports released statement about shooting:

3:12 p.m.

Sen. Marco Rubio calls the shooting "horrifying news."

3:09 p.m.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he is receiving updates from law enforcement.

3:00 p.m.

2:57 p.m.

2:52 p.m.

Police confirm one suspect is dead at the scene. It is unclear if there is a second suspect. Police are searching the property.

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