A tragic mass shooting just unfolded at a video game event in Florida

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Multiple people have been killed and numerous others injured at Jacksonville Landing in Jacksonville, Florida after at least one gunman opened fire on a tournament for the video game Madden 19 reports CNN. At least one suspected gunman is dead, as confirmed by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office on Twitter.

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Video footage of players streaming their game live was interrupted by the attack. One moment the gamers are sitting there having fun, the next gunshots are ringing out and players are yelling in terror. The audio is deeply unsettling and hard to listen to so proceed with care.

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WARNING: DISTURBING CONTENT

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Matt Pearce of The Los Angeles Times tweeted that a witness at the event claims the shooter was a competitor who lost his game, then proceeded to open fire before ultimately killing himself. This account of events has yet to be confirmed by authorities.

https://twitter.com/mattdpearce/status/1033794188284850176

While details are still coming in about the attack, it’s unfortunately shaping up to be an all-too-familiar story. Americans have learned to expect these tragedies, as month after month they unfold, taking innocent lives, often without any real explanations.

This country has an epidemic of gun violence, and until those in power take substantive steps to prevent future shootings the blood is on their hands. It’s far past time the Republican Party joined Democrats calling for better gun control regulations. Lives are at stake.

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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