Two dead, 11 injured after shooting at Florida video game event

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – A gunman opened fire at an online video game tournament in a Florida shopping centre on Sunday, leaving two dead before killing himself, authorities said.

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said authorities believe David Katz (24) of Baltimore carried out the attack using at least one handgun at the Jacksonville Landing, a collection of restaurants and shops along the St Johns River.

He said the man died from self-inflicted injuries and that authorities were still making final confirmation of his identity with the FBI assisting them in Baltimore.

Nine other people were wounded by gunfire and all were in stable condition on Sunday evening, Mr Williams said. He said two others were injured in the chaos as people sought to flee the gunfire.

Katz was in Jacksonville for the Madden NFL 19 video game tournament.

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, the sheriff said.

“We have faced an occurrence that is all too common,” Mayor Lenny Curry told reporters Sunday night. “Tonight, we pray for the wounded and we pray for the families of those who were lost.”

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