Police: Boy, 8, played violent video game before fatally shooting caregiver

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Associated Press

Posted on August 26, 2013 at 10:46 AM

CLINTON, La. (AP) — Authorities say the 8-year-old boy suspected of fatally shooting his caregiver is believed to have been playing a video game minutes before he got a gun and fired it into the back of her head.

Det. Don McKey of the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office tells The Advocate investigators cannot say for certain that the video game, Grand Theft Auto IV, triggered the boy's violent action but they are pursuing that line of inquiry.

McKey says 87-year-old Marie Smothers was killed by a single shot from a Colt .38-caliber revolver detectives believe belonged to Smothers.

McKey said the sheriff's office is classifying Smothers' death as a homicide, but the final determination will be made by the parish coroner and district attorney.

District Attorney Sam D'Aquilla said the boy cannot be prosecuted criminally because of his age.

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