UPDATE @ 3:11 p.m.:
Florida authorities are reporting multiple people dead and “many transported” to hospitals after a mass shooting at a riverfront mall in Jacksonville Sunday.
Florida authorities report mass shooting at riverfront mall
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office used Twitter and Facebook to warn people to stay away from the Jacksonville Landing.
The Department says to “stay far away from the area. The area is not safe at this time. STAY AWAY.”
“We are finding many people hiding in locked areas at The Landing. We ask you to stay calm, stay where you area hiding. SWAT is doing a methodical search inside The Landing. We will get to you. Please don’t come running out,” the sheriff’s office said via Twitter.
The sheriff’s office didn’t provide any information, but also warned news media to stay away from the area, which contains restaurants and shops along the St. Johns River.
The GLHF Game Bar at The Landing was hosting a Madden 19 video game tournament at the time of the shooting.
A ‘mass shooting’ has been reported at the Madden 19 Tournament at the GLHF Game Bar in Jacksonville, Florida, according to national media sources.
Florida police responding to ‘mass shooting’ in Jacksonville
Jacksonville’s Sheriff’s Department urged people to stay away from Jacksonville Landing as it is not safe, according to media sources.
We will update this developing story as information becomes available.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.