Graphic warning: Audio of Florida mass shooting captured on livestream

At least a dozen shots could be heard - followed by a horrific chorus of terrified screams - as a gunman opened fire this morning at an online video game tournament that was being livestreamed from a US mall.

Three people are dead, including the shooter, and 11 hurt after the incident in Jacksonville. 

The livestream was showing gamers playing NFL-themed video game Madden 19 when the shots began to ring out. Play then stopped as the controller disconnected – cutting off the view of the gamers themselves. But audio continued to record the rampage, and the resulting pleas for help.

Police say at least 11 others are injured after the incident at a games bar in Jacksonville. Source: 1 NEWS

Sheriff Mike Williams said authorities had yet to identify the suspect who attacked the tournament, which was held in a gaming bar that shares space with a pizzeria. Investigators are looking into the online footage, he said.

A red dot that appears to be a laser pointer is visible on the chest of a player seconds before the first of a dozen gunshots rings out.

Early reports say the shooting took place during a Madden 19 tournament in Jacksonville. Source: Breakfast

The sheriff's office used Twitter and Facebook to warn people to stay far away and to ask anyone who was hiding to call 911.

"We are finding many people hiding in locked areas at The Landing. We ask you to stay calm, stay where you are 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 did not provide any other information, but also warned reporters to stay away from the area.

Police gather outside a Jacksonville, Florida, mall in the United States where gunman opened fire Monday during an online video game tournament that was being livestreamed.
Police gather outside a Jacksonville, Florida, mall in the United States where gunman opened fire Monday during an online video game tournament that was being livestreamed. Source: Associated Press

Police barricaded a three-block radius around the mall. Officers and Coast Guard boats patrolled the nearby river. Many ambulances could be seen in the area, but the mall area appeared empty of all but law enforcement. Police also took up positions on a bridge overlooking the river.

The Jacksonville Landing, in the heart of the city's downtown, also hosts concerts and other entertainment. It was the site of a Donald Trump rally in 2015, early in his campaign for the White House.

Four people have reportedly died this morning at a Jacksonville video game tournament. Source: Associated Press



Gas blasts destroy dozens of homes in US as panicked communities evacuate - 'You can't even see the sky'

A series of gas explosions caused fires at more than 20 homes across three communities north of Boston today, forcing entire neighbourhoods to evacuate as crews scramble to douse the flames and shut off gas and electric lines in an attempt to prevent further damage.

Massachusetts State Police say troopers have been dispatched to Lawrence, Andover and North Andover to secure scenes and help traffic that has snarled roads as panicked residents attempt to flee their neighbourhoods amid the afternoon rush hour.

In this image take from video provided by WCVB in Boston, firefighters battle a large structure fire in Lawrence, Mass, a suburb of Boston, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Emergency crews are responding to what they believe is a series of gas explosions that have damaged homes across three communities north of Boston. (WCVB via AP)
A police chief said there are so many fires "you can't even see the sky". Source: Associated Press

Joseph Solomon, the police chief in nearby Methuen, said 20 to 25 homes were on fire in Lawrence. Solomon, who responded to Lawrence to help, said there are so many fires "you can't even see the sky".

The cause wasn't immediately clear. The Columbia Gas company had announced earlier today that it would be upgrading gas lines in neighbourhoods across the state, including the area where the explosions happened. It was not clear whether work was happening there today, and a spokeswoman did not immediately comment.

Town officials in Andover are advising all residents and businesses to evacuate and to shut off their gas, if they know how to safely. The town of 35,000 residents is about 40 kilometres north of Boston near the New Hampshire border.

In this image take from video provided by WCVB in Boston, flames burn through a home in Lawrence, Mass, a suburb of Boston, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Emergency crews are responding to what they believe is a series of gas explosions that have damaged homes across three communities north of Boston. (WCVB via AP)
Flames burn through a home in Lawrence. Source: Associated Press

In neighbouring North Andover, town Selectman Phil Decologero said that his entire neighbourhood had gathered in the street, afraid to enter homes. He warned anyone with concerns to leave their houses and head to North Andover High School, which is being set up as a gathering point.

"It's definitely a scary situation at the moment," he said. "It's pretty severe."

Entire neighbourhoods were being evacuated in Lawrence. City Councilor Marc Laplante said authorities were shutting off electric power and urging residents in the Colonial Heights neighbourhood to head to Parthum elementary and middle schools.

In this image take from video provided by WCVB in Boston, flames consume a home in Lawrence, Mass, a suburb of Boston, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Emergency crews are responding to what they believe is a series of gas explosions that have damaged homes across three communities north of Boston. (WCVB via AP)
Emergency crews are responding to what they believe is a series of gas explosions that have damaged homes across three communities. Source: Associated Press

"People need to get out of this area safely, and it's really difficult because the traffic right now is horrendous," he said.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said staff members were heading to Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, along with state fire investigators.

They've left at least four people injured.

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No warning signs before five bodies found dead in Perth home, relatives say - 'Part of me didn't think it was real'

A Perth father accused of murdering his three daughters, wife and mother-in-law showed no warning signs that his family was in danger and their deaths are unfathomable, relatives say.

Anthony Robert Harvey, 24, allegedly used a blunt instrument and knives to kill three-year-old Charlotte, two-year-old twins Alice and Beatrix, his wife Mara Lee Harvey, 41, and mother-in-law Beverley Ann Quinn, 73, at a Bedford home in Perth.

Brother-in-law Alan Tottman yesterday said that there was never any indication Ms Harvey was in danger.

"It's just a very raw time, it's just unfathomable," he said.

"We can't come to terms with what's happened, we don't know why it's happened.

"There was no indication of trouble, problems."

Harvey, who ran a Jim's Mowing franchise, gave no hint of financial or emotional problems over the past few months, Jim's Group managing director Jim Penman similarly said earlier this week.

Mr Tottman and his wife Taryn said the family would never recover from their loss.

"This will be forever. Time will heal certain pain but this will just go on forever," he said.

Ms Tottman said the last time she saw her older sister was on August 27 at a funeral and she seemed fine.

She found out about the five deaths via the television, saying part of her "didn't think it was real".

Ms Tottman said her two youngest children did not understand what had happened but her son understood some of it.

"There's only a certain amount he understands, so his innocence makes it easier," she said.

"He didn't want to go to grandma's anymore, he didn't like it because she's not there."

The couple also thanked the community for their support.

"Complete strangers have been amazing, overwhelming. My mum would have been humbled," Ms Tottman said.

"Everybody has been so supportive and so encouraging ... it's nice to know people care."

Police say Harvey stayed in the house for days after the alleged murders before travelling about 1500km north, then turned himself in on Sunday.

A GoFundMe page has so far raised more than $NZ19,690 for the family's funerals.

It is the third family mass murder in WA in four months, representing 15 of 23 domestic violence-related deaths in the state this year.

Taryn Tottman, whose mother and sister were killed, said part of her “didn’t think it was real”. Source: Nine

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Aussie PM Scott Morrison apologises and removes online video over inappropriate song lyrics

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has deleted a parody video from his social media accounts after discovering the hip-hop song used in the footage contains explicit and sexually charged lyrics.

The 11-second clip from question time in the federal Parliament on Thursday showed MPs raising their arms to the 1999 track Be Faithful by US rapper Fatman Scoop.

The suggestive lyrics were not included in the brief video, but the full song contains six uses of the word f***.

The clip was posted to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram on Thursday before being taken down.

"The full lyrics of the song used in my earlier video from QT today were just not OK. When I found out, I asked the team to take it down. Apologies," Mr Morrison tweeted.

Despite the video being deleted from all of Mr Morrison's accounts, social media users retained the clip and it's still easily accessible on Twitter.


Pacific Update with Barbara Dreaver: Islands prepare for Prince Harry and Meghan, Samoa responds to domestic violence epidemic

In this September 14 edition of Pacific Update with Barbara Dreaver, 1 NEWS' Pacific Correspondent wraps up the week's news from the region.

In this week's edition we look at the itinerary for Prince Harry and Meghan’s tour through the Pacific.

In Samoa, a domestic violence commission says the government and church have not done enough to address the issue after nine out of 10 people were found to have experienced violence in the home.

In Papua New Guinea, Australian special forces are helping prepare the capital, Port Moresby, for the APEC Summit in November while Niue has been named as one of the world’s fastest growing tourist destinations.  

1 NEWS' Pacific Correspondent gives a round-up of news in the region. Source: 1 NEWS