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Gamer From DC Says He Was Shot in Thumb During Jacksonville Shooting

"Worst day of my life"

A teen from Washington, D.C., posted to Twitter that he was shot in the thumb during a mass shooting at a video game tournament on Sunday in Jacksonville, Florida.

"The tourney just got shot up," Drini Gjoka, 19, tweeted just after 1:30 p.m.

Jacksonville authorities said multiple people were killed and "many" injured in the shooting. The suspected shooter is dead, police said.

Gjoka posted a series of tweets about the shooting and how grateful he is to be alive.

"I am literally so lucky. The bullet hit my thumb," he said.

He goes on to say it is the "worst day of my life." 

"I will never take anything for granted ever again. Life can be cut short in a second," Gjoka then tweets.

"He's okay, but the guy beside him got shot and ... the bullet hit his thumb," Gjoka's brother, Elvis Gjoka, told News4.

"I'm just sad for all the people ... the ones who have to go through what they're going through, and a little bit relieved. Just mixed emotions," Elvis Gjoka said.

The restaurant where the shooting happened was hosting a Madden 19 Southeastern Qualifier Tournament at the time, according to NBC.

Minutes before the shooting Gjoka posted: "Won my first single elim game 16-9. Off to Round of 32."

Gjoka has a YouTube channel dedicated to Madden 19 gaming tips. Dozens of  people commented on his latest video asking if he was okay after news of the shooting spread.

Multiple shots could be heard ringing out in a video from an XBox Live stream that purports to capture the gunfire at the tournament. NBC News has not confirmed the authenticity of the video.

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