#VideoGames Or #Guns? … Which Is To Blame For 8-Year-Old #Killing 87-Year-Old Caregiver?


The video game industry and gun industry are pointing fingers at each other. Are they both to blame?

The following excerpt from Police: 8-Year-Old Shoots, Kills 87-Year-Old Caregiver After Playing Video Game by Lauren Russell, CNN, originally appeared on can.com on August 26, 2013. To view it in its entirety please click on the link below.

(CNN) — An 8-year-old Louisiana boy intentionally shot and killed his elderly caregiver after playing a violent video game, authorities say.

Marie Smothers was pronounced dead at the scene with a gunshot wound to the head in a mobile home park in Slaughter, Louisiana, the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Department said in a prepared statement. Slaughter is about 20 miles north of Baton Rouge.

Authorities identified the woman as the boy’s “caregiver,” without stating whether she is a relative. But CNN affiliate WBRZ reported that the woman was the boy’s grandmother.

Smothers was 87, public records show.

The gun belonged to Smothers, WBRZ reported. CNN affiliate WAFB reported that a man identifying himself as the boy’s father also said the gun belongs to Smothers.

Although the boy initially told investigators that he accidentally shot the woman Thursday while playing with a firearm, the probe led authorities to believe he “intentionally shot Mrs. Smothers in the back of the head as she sat in her living room watching television,” the sheriff’s department statement said.

The boy won’t face charges. Under Louisiana law, a child younger than 10 is exempt from criminal responsibility.



One thought on “#VideoGames Or #Guns? … Which Is To Blame For 8-Year-Old #Killing 87-Year-Old Caregiver?

  1. El Guapo says:

    Isn’t blaming one or the other a gross oversimplification?

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