BELMONT, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Brian Armstrong is a professional gamer and spends a lot of time on the road at tournaments nationally and internationally.
Armstrong told FOX 46 Charlotte he almost attended the Madden NFL Championship Series in Jacksonville, FL this past weekend, but when he didn't, he chose to live stream the event at home on his computer.
While watching his friends play, he heard the sound of gunshots.
"Professional gaming, it's a brotherhood, it's a community," he said. "I knew all of them," he said.
Armstrong said through gaming, he had the opportunity to get to know the shooting suspect.
"I wouldn't have believed he was capable of something like this, but I would describe him as awkward," he said.
Armstrong also knew the victims.
"It's a terrible situation," he said.
As police investigate a motive for why the suspect, 24-year-old David Katz, targeted gamers, Armstrong believes it has something to do with the suspect being defeated by gamers over the past year. He hopes to see security stepped up at future gaming events.
He also hopes the next qualifying tournament for the championship, which is scheduled for this weekend, will be delayed so injured gamers can have time to recover.