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Gaming community shaken by mass shooting at Madden tournament


WASHINGTON (Circa) — In the wake of a mass shooting at a Madden NFL tournament in Jacksonville, Fla. Sunday, players who survived the incident shared their experiences on social media and other gamers expressed solidarity as they struggled to cope with the tragedy.

“Worst day of my life,” said player Young Drini, who was wounded in the thumb during the shooting.

The shooting occurred at the Jacksonville Landing and multiple fatalities were reported. Authorities said afterward one suspect was dead.

“Thank god I’m safe but I’m broken over this,” said player Noble Stevey J after police escorted him from the scene.

Another player was being treated after being shot in the chest and hand.

We love you all. @OfficialMFX #TheMFX #Madden19

— San Francisco 49ers (@49ersMFX) August 26, 2018

Several other professional ESports teams offered thoughts and prayers.

It’s time esports events (large and small) double down on security for everyone in general and players specifically. https://t.co/PXHwhlDmME

— Jason Lake (@JasonBWLake) August 26, 2018


My heart goes out to all the people and families involved.

— Dr DisRespect (@DrDisRespect) August 26, 2018

Some were distressed to see violence break out at a gaming event, while others called for an increased focus on security in the future.

As the voice of Madden I’m lost for words. Speechless. Devastated.

These are good people just doing something they love. 😢💔

— Scott Cole (@ScottColeShow) August 26, 2018

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