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.
I am literally so lucky. The bullet hit my thumb
— Drini Gjoka (@YoungDrini) August 26, 2018
“Worst day of my life,” said player Young Drini, who was wounded in the thumb during the shooting.
This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved.
— Electronic Arts (@EA) August 26, 2018
The shooting occurred at the Jacksonville Landing and multiple fatalities were reported. Authorities said afterward one suspect was dead.
I got out. Police escorted me. I’m done going to any Madden events not EA Majors with security.
— Noble SteveyJ (@ImSteveyJ) August 26, 2018
“Thank god I’m safe but I’m broken over this,” said player Noble Stevey J after police escorted him from the scene.
@oLARRY2K was shot in chest and hand I was with him. I have his bag and phone. Plz retweet this to notify 2k community. He is at Florida shands hospital. didn’t look life threatening to me but injured bad. I love you bro
— BUCTILLIDIE (@BucTillIDie) August 26, 2018
Another player was being treated after being shot in the chest and hand.
We are deeply saddened to hear about a shooting that occurred at a Madden 19 tournament in Jacksonville, Florida this afternoon and we wanted to extend our deepest condolences to the victims, their families, and all those affected by this tragedy. pic.twitter.com/GYWCjE3yzG
— lolesports (@lolesports) August 26, 2018
Our hearts are with the folks affected by the Madden Tournament shooting. If you're in Jacksonville, stay away from Jacksonville Landing. Stay safe.
— HTC Esports (@htcesports) August 26, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are out to the @EAMaddenNFL players, friends, families, and everyone involved in the mass shooting today in Jacksonville, Florida today. Hug your loved ones a little tighter today.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ersMFX) August 26, 2018
Several other professional ESports teams offered thoughts and prayers.
Today someone decided to shoot up a Madden event in Jacksonville.
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
Just heard about what happened at the Madden event.
My heart goes out to all the people and families involved.
— Dr DisRespect (@DrDisRespect) August 26, 2018
Prayers to everyone at the Madden event and their families. No one should ever have to go through this. Video games have been our way to escape tragedies like this smh. Hope everyone involved is safe and ok 🙏
— Dimez (@DatBoyDimez) 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.
Media: I’m not available for comment.
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