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Boy, 8, shoots and kills 90-year-old grandmother after playing violent video game

By Mason White 5:11 AM August 25, 2013
Scene of the incident 

By: Ryan Lee Hall
(Scroll down for video) A little boy was arrested, but will not be charged with murder related charges despite shooting dead an elderly woman, according to police reports in Louisiana.

East Feliciana Parish Police said that a local 8-year-old boy intentionally shot and killed his grandmother, Marie Smothers, 90, who was his caregiver, after playing a video game with violent themes.

A spokesperson of the East Feliciana Parish sheriff did not provide a reason for the shooting, but said that the boy was playing the video game, “Grand Theft Auto IV”, a realistic game that has been associated with promoting violence and awards points to players for killing people, only a few minutes before the fatal shooting. The game is rated “M” for mature audiences and is recommended for ages 17 and older.

Authorities are calling the shooting a homicide.
They said it happened shortly after 5:00 pm on Thursday at the Country Breeze Mobile Home Park on Louisiana Highway 67 east of Slaughter.

Sergeant Kevin Garig said that the identity of the shooter is being withheld because he is a minor. Garig said the woman died after suffering at least one gunshot wound to the head. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The child intentionally shot the woman in the back of the head while watching TV, police said.
Authorities said the woman was the child’s caregiver.

The child was released to the custody of his parents on Thursday night.
Louisiana law prohibits charging the child with a crime because of his age, the sheriff’s office said. The law states that: “Those who have not attained the age of 10 are exempt from criminal liability.”