EA cancels remaining Madden qualifiers in wake of shooting

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"Elijah's family wants you to know he was a good man".

"I turned around and actually saw the flashes from the gun and at that point just went into survival mode, and I just wanted to make sure I was out of there", he told "Good Morning America". He said when the shooting started, he immediately dropped to the floor. "And all I can think about is getting my phone so I can text some of my family", Montagnino said, choking up with emotion.

In a statement published on the official website earlier today, chief executive officer Andrew Wilson shared that the "horrific and senseless act of violence" has filled everyone with nothing but shock and grief.

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Firefighters training across the street from the Landing immediately began treating the walking wounded as they streamed out of the riverfront mall amid survivors running for their lives.

The shooting incident that transpired last weekend is a sad reminder of how a single action can have a significant impact on the lives of people who were merely attending a video game tournament. Then panic set in and people were trampled rushing for the exits. At least a dozen shots could be heard fired on a livestream originating from the event. One witness described the "pop pop pop" sounds that "didn't stop".

A livestream of the Jacksonville qualifier captured gunfire, shouts and screams about 1:30 p.m. "Two victims were found deceased at the scene".

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"We've all been deeply affected by what took place in Jacksonville", Wilson said Monday night in the news release.

Polygon reports that the shooter's two handguns were purchased illegally, according to Sheriff Mike Williams of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, and that the 24 year-old had been hospitalised twice during his teens for mental illness. Authorities have declined to discuss a possible motive, but the Los Angeles Times has reported the shooter was a gamer who was competing in the tournament and lost.

The murder-suicide occurred during a Madden NFL 19 video game tournament in a restaurant at the Jacksonville Landing, a waterfront retail and entertainment complex in downtown Jacksonville.

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