“Obviously we've seen mass school shootings in public buildings but we never thought it would touch close to home like that."
The shooting in Florida has gamers all over the country shaken up Sunday, including gamer’s right here in Rochester.
“Obviously we've seen mass school shootings in public buildings but we never thought it would touch close to home like that so [the] initial reaction was shock, people can't believe that happened,” said Christopher Williams, owner of A Gamer’s Nostalgia in Rochester, a gaming lounge.
Sunday’s shooting, which left two dead, happened at a video game tournament for "Madden NFL," one of the world's most successful electronic games which as of 2013 amassed more than $4-billion in sales.
“With Madden tournaments, in general, they're usually invitational so you have to be some of the best of the best to get to the tournaments,” explained Williams.
According to Messenger Post's news partner, News10NBC's affiliate WGRZ, the shooter David Katz was one of the best. The station reports the 24-year-old, referred to as Bread, won the Madden Bills championship just last year in Buffalo.
“There so many different tournaments and different organizations that run them,” explained Williams.
His business will be hosting its own Madden 19 tournament on Sept. 15.
While the incident won’t impact his event, he says it’s still a wake-up call.
“We are connected with Buffalo, Syracuse, Western New York, Toronto; so to know something like that can happen at something we hold so close to our hearts is shocking and unfortunate,” added Williams.
Williams says he will now be donating a portion of the proceeds from his tournament to the families of the two shooting victims.