Florida authorities: Multiple dead during mall shooting

Monday, 27 Aug, 2018

Preliminary reports say four people were killed of the 11 people who were shot, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the incident.

Police urged everyone to stay away from the area because it is not safe. The Sheriff's Office asks that you stay calm and stay where you are.

US President Donald Trump has offered federal resources to respond to Florida shooting, says Governor Rick Scott, who is heading to Jacksonville to meet local law enforcement. "Many blocks away", said the Jacksonville Police Department in a tweet 3 minutes after the initial one. The sole suspect was described as a white male and was confirmed dead at the scene.

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A series of 12 gunshots was heard on the tournament's Twitch live stream, where a voice could be heard saying, "Oh, f-, what'd he shoot me with?" and others screamed.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is in the process of securing the location, and are investigating into the possibility of a second suspect.

According to WTLV-TV, another local Jacksonville news station, a Madden Football gaming tournament was ongoing in the area at the time.

Jacksonville police said one suspect is dead and SWAT is doing a methodical search of Landing and the immediate area to make sure there are no additional gunmen. "Please don't come running out", deputies tweeted.

Former US lawmaker Gwen Graham sent an email to supporters that said the only way to end mass shootings is to "vote out the politicians complicit in this cycle of death".

This is a developing story and will be updated.