Grand Theft Grief: Boy Kills Granny After Playing Game

He shot her in the head while she was watching TV

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An 8-year old Louisiana boy shot and killed his 87-year old grandmother last week after playing the video game Grand Theft Auto IV, CNN reports.

The victim, Marie Smothers, was identified by police only as the boy’s primary caregiver, but WBRZ in Slaughter, La., reported that she was his grandmother. At first the boy claimed that the gun accidentally discharged, but further investigation revealed that he intended to shoot Smothers in the back of the head as she watched television.

Authorities say that the gun belonged to the victim, and it is unclear whether it was properly stored. Authorities said the two had a “normal, loving relationship” and shared a bedroom.

The boy won’t face charges, as children under 10 are exempt from criminal responsibility under Louisiana law.

[CNN]

21 comments
spydakikass
spydakikass

Here is a list of what is wrong with this scenario and Kids playing Grand Theft Auto.


1. Where were the Parents at?


2. Game is rated M


3. Where were the Parents at?


4. Why did a child have access to a Gun?

5. Where were the Parents at?

Do we see a trend here.


DARWIN AWARD ANYONE? Despicable. The people at Rockstar Games have NOTHING DO TO WITH THIS. They make games for ADULTS that means 17+ who understand it's a Video Game because most have the cognition to know make believe from reality. GTA is also rife with satire, parody of pop Culture and the hypocrisy. My suggestion. BAN KIDS! We need to have a 'War on Kids' they can't be trusted, shootin up grannies.


FFS!

ShermanShermanov
ShermanShermanov

Jail time for the parents, please. Post haste. And the kid needs to be placed in foster care ASAP. It's his only chance at this point.

JimmyLee
JimmyLee

So lemme guess Detectives searched the house and found Grand Theft Auto in the Xbox and immediately assumed the kid did this over influence of a video game. My kids have from day 1 been watching rated R movies, playing violent video games their favorites include Zombies. But they are educated, know right from wrong, are constantly coached in proper behavior expected in society and a perfect little angels when not acting like normal kids their age. Video games seems to be a much better excuse than poor parenting. 

dwcorlew1993
dwcorlew1993

This kid is 8 years old, why is he playing Grand Theft Auto?

Champagne
Champagne

How will this deranged boy (lil' thug), lacking any sense of consequences of his actions, be handled by the State of Louisiana? Exempt of any criminal activity? What??? This criminal activity of murder committed by this misguided boy requires a thorough investigation and analysis, eh?

BernieDC
BernieDC

Boy kills granny after eating breakfast, when will we learn not to feed children breakfast?

Recent studies have shown that over 80% of murders are committed by people who had recently (withing the previous few days) eaten breakfast - when will this madness end?

BrianPincus
BrianPincus

What's not mention is the incident that occurred the week before. The child was watching Looney Toons and walked over to his grandmother and hit her on the head with a frying pan. (expecting her face to go flat). Which was thankful because if he was watching Tom and Jerry, Jerry shot Tom in the face with a shotgun.

Yup, we should focus on the dangerous stuff on the TV, whether its Video Games or Cartoons. I mean we really can't keep Americans safe with all of this violance right? or maybe and I am just saying maybe... We should possibly, with caution, discuss not what a child watched on TV but the actions the child took afterwards. Maybe it was a lack of empathy in humanity.. just maybe....

SarahConfran
SarahConfran

why was an 8 year old able to reach the gun in the house? why was an 8 year old allowed to play such violent video games- at a young age it can be harder for children to distinguish reality and fantasy (for instance a lot of young children might remember a dream actually happening and not just a dream). 

Duffman
Duffman

Don't your dare start implying that guns might be more dangerous than video games! Those disks have sharp edges! The loaded unsecured gun is irelevant to this story!

BrandonEngelman
BrandonEngelman

Of course someone HAD to point out the VIDEO GAME instead of the GUN. Totally knew it. Yeah, an 8 year old shouldn't be playing it without some serious talk at least but, Seriously, talking about that FIRST. WHY DID HE HAVE ACCESS TO A GUN. HELLO?!

isochronous
isochronous

Who the heck lets an eight-year-old play Grand Theft Auto IV?  Even if you know nothing about video games and don't understand that the big "MA" on the cover means for mature audiences only, the fact that it's called "Grand Theft Auto" should be a pretty blatant tip-off.

spydakikass
spydakikass

@JimmyLee Need more Dad's like you Jimmy. Props brother, raise them kids right, we need Good Leaders from their Generation.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@JimmyLee Most of what you said is just about right Jimmy lee. but there are a few exceptions to the rule. You sound like a good dad and strong dad, my way of parenting, but in the case of this kid , it may have been part and parcel  cause of the shooting.  Due to the time lapse between the game ending and the shooting. as a 30 year police veteran I have encountered this situation more times then I like to recall.

spydakikass
spydakikass

@BrianPincus I agree with you Brian, it's not just Games, but in all honesty, Tom and Jerry came from a different Era. I have a background in Animation and those toons were made for Adults. We must also consider, Kids had respect for Adults in the Tom and Jerry Era. People had respect for each other as well. There were very few MASS Shootings in relation to the same nature as we have today.

JimmyLee
JimmyLee

@SarahConfran if its harder for a child to distinguish reality from fantasy its because that child is sheltered from reality by poor parenting. Poor parenting is an obvious example considering the 8 year old has access to a loaded gun.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@Duffman Bull crap they are both relevant moron, no gun maybe no dead grand mother. plus maybe a very stupid careless grandmother at 87 with a gun that most adult or teenage thugs could take away from her, should not have had a gun in sight of a child in the first place. 

SarahConfran
SarahConfran

@BrandonEngelman i honestly don't understand some people. part of child proofing a house is having guns where they can't get them. 

JimmyLee
JimmyLee

@isochronous I will let my kid play GTA. Thing is my kids are smart enough to know about violence, sex, and drugs. They are taught right from wrong and how I expect them to behave in society. They are also treated with respect and rewarded for good grades and good behavior.  If an 8 year old is not educated in these things where do you expect them to learn these things? And how would you expect them to learn how to react? Kids are way more mature than our redundant society thinks they are. The only issue in this story completely ignores the fact that a 8 year old had access to a loaded gun. My 8 year old daughter is smart enough to tell the difference from a video game and know that violence is not acceptable in society and that murder even accidentally could be punishable by jail or even death. Don't shelter the child as it has a very big chance on backfiring on you. But leaving weaponry readily available to them is completely unacceptable

Openminded1
Openminded1

@serinanth @Openminded1 @Duffman do not need to moron I am the king of sarcasm.  You are new on here take a look back at some of my almost 4000 post, you will then know the meaning of sarcasm yourself.


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