Boy, 8, Shoots, Kills Elderly Woman—Intentionally

Cops say he shot his caregiver in back of head after playing 'Grand Theft Auto'
By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2013 3:44 PM CDT
Boy, 8, Shoots, Kills Elderly Woman—Intentionally
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(Newser) – An 8-year-old boy fatally shot his elderly "caregiver"—WBRZ identifies the victim as his grandmother—in Slaughter, Louisiana, last week, authorities say. The victim was Marie Smothers, 87. The boy has not been identified because of his age. He originally told police the shooting was unintentional, but authorities say their investigation has led them to believe the boy "intentionally shot Mrs. Smothers in the back of the head as she sat in her living room watching television," CNN reports. The gun belonged to Smothers, reports WBRZ.

Authorities say they still don't know what the boy's motive was. "By accounts of relatives of the victim, as well as friends of the family, the victim and the juvenile had a normal, loving, relationship," the local sheriff's department said in a statement, per CNN, adding, however, that he was playing "Grand Theft Auto IV" on his Play Station minutes before the shooting, which it describes as "a realistic game that has been associated with encouraging violence and awards points to players for killing people." Because he is under 10, the boy can't be charged for the crime under Louisiana law. (Read more shooting stories.)

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