For the third time in two years, there’s been a mass shooting in Florida. The latest came Sunday in Jacksonville during a video game tournament at The Landing, a popular complex of stores and restaurants. Authorities say the gunman is a 24-year old Baltimore, Maryland man who was a participant in the gaming tournament. His loss in the tournament may have spurred the mass shooting that killed two and injured nine others before the gunman killed himself.
Here’s a sampling of reaction from Florida’s political leaders:
Governor Rick Scott, who flew from his home in Naples to Jacksonville –
Had the opportunity to meet with heroes from Jacksonville Fire and Rescue who were across the street when the shooting began and rushed in to save lives. These brave men and women and the @JSOPIO officers work every day to help others, we cannot thank them enough. pic.twitter.com/jSKqXChVt3
— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) August 27, 2018
Word of another tragic mass shooting in our state brings shock and outrage. Right now, law enforcement are doing their jobs under horrific circumstances and it’s important that people in the Jacksonville area heed their warnings.
— Senator Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) August 26, 2018
Praying for Jacksonville and the victims of this horrific attack. My advocates are there assisting @JSOPIO—helping the victims.
— Fla. AG Pam Bondi (@AGPamBondi) August 26, 2018
Horrified by what has transpired at The Landing. As we pray for the victims and all the emergency personnel responding to this tragedy, please follow guidance from @JSOPIO as they work to secure the area.
— Rep. John Rutherford (@RepRutherfordFL) August 26, 2018
Our community is shocked & saddened by the news of today’s mass shooting at the Jacksonville Landing. This news never gets easier. This is another hit to our community following Friday’s shooting at the Raines v. Lee football game. @wjxt4 @ActionNewsJax @FCN2go
— US Rep. Al Lawson Jr (@RepAlLawsonJr) August 26, 2018
— Ron DeSantis (@RepDeSantis) August 26, 2018
Our prayers are with the families of the victims in Jacksonville. Please continue to follow @JSOPIO for updates and cooperate with first responders and law enforcement at the scene.
— Adam Putnam (@adamputnam) August 26, 2018