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Deputies: 8-year-old shot grandmother after playing video game

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Posted: Aug 23, 2013 3:28 PM by Rebecca Buchanan, Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Aug 23, 2013 5:41 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: crime, shooting, video game, violence, child, grandmother, family, tragedy

SLAUGHTER - Sheriff's deputies said Friday afternoon, an eight-year-old intentionally shot his grandmother in the back of the head minutes after playing the video game "Grand Theft Auto IV."

Investigators said the child, who was not identified, shot Marie Smothers while she watched TV. Smothers, 90, was the child's current caregiver.

"It's a shock to me just as much as anyone else because everything has been so peaceful, Mrs. Smothers was a fine tenant, never give us no trouble, called all the time," said trailer park owner Gerald Methvin.

Deputies said the juvenile originally told them he was playing with the gun when it went off, but today said they beleive he intentionally shot her in the head. They said they didn't have a motive for the shooting, but that the child was playing "Grand Theft Auto IV" minutes before the shooting.

The game is rated "M" for mature audiences, and recommended for ages 17 and older.

The gun used in the shooting belonged to Smothers. While neighbors said they are keeping the family in their prayers, it did raise questions.

"Where did she have the gun, where did he see the gun, was it in his eyesight? That's the thought that goes through my head," explained Johnnie Scott.

Sheriff's deputies said the child and Smothers had a "normal, loving, relationship" and shared the same bedroom.

"Crime and everything is eventually come out our way and we know that," Methvin continued. "But I'd sure hate to see it go that way because we enjoy it, we'd like for it to be a peaceful place for people to live and raise their families, there's been a number of people here that do that."

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