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What is the Jacksonville Landing? Tragedy comes to popular downtown venue

2 killed in shooting Sunday at riverfront mall, gunman dead

A gunman opened fire on the Jacksonville Landing on Aug. 26, 2018, hitting 11 people.
A gunman opened fire on the Jacksonville Landing on Aug. 26, 2018, hitting 11 people.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A gunman opened fire Sunday during a Madden gaming tournament at one of Jacksonville's most well-known establishments downtown: the Jacksonville Landing.

Located on Water Street, the venue faces the St. Johns River and hosts large parties and events the Bold New City of the South is known for, including the after-party for the Florida-Georgia college football game and the annual New Year's Eve celebration. It is home to more than a dozen shops and several bars and restaurants.

Framed by the bright blue Acosta Bridge and the Main Street Bridge, the Landing is within walking distance to the Times Union Performing Arts Center and about a mile from the TIAA Bank Field, the stadium where the Jacksonville Jaguars play.

President Donald Trump, along with other political candidates have hosted campaign rallies of thousands of people at the Jacksonville Landing, according to News 6 partner WJXT. Most recently the president was the landing campaigning for Florida gubernatorial candidate Rep. Ron DeSantis.

On Sunday, a sanctioned Madden Championship Series event was underway inside the Good Luck Have Fun Game Bar next to Chicago Pizza at the Landing, when Jacksonville police said one of the gamers, David Katz, 24, started shooting.

At least nine people were hit and taken to University of Florida Health Shands in Jacksonville. Three people were killed, including Katz, hospital officials said. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Katz died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A screen-recording video taken from the tournament showed players were interrupted by gunfire. "Controller disconnected" came over the screen as repeated shots could be heard in the background-

"Everybody just started running and I ducked down and I went towards the restroom," said Ryan Alamond, who was at the tournament when the shooting happened.

Williams said the shooter acted alone and the Landing was cleared.

"We are deeply saddened at the incident and pray for everyone involved," the venue posted to social media after the shooting. "The Jacksonville Landing is fully cooperating with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and all ongoing investigations."

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry asked people avoid the downtown area Sunday night as the investigation continued.


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