East Feliciana Parish, La., sheriff deputies believe that an 8-year-old boy intentionally shot his 90-year-old grandmother, Marie Smothers, in the back of the head after playing the controversial video game Grand Theft Auto IV (GTA IV), according to WBRZ.
The video game, which sports a mature audiences rating, meaning that it should only be played by gamers who are 17 years of age or older, has been referred to by clinicians as a tool that enables the expression of violent urges because it awards points to players for killing people.
According to authorities, the unnamed boy was playing the video game shortly after 5 p.m. on Thursday at his grandmother’s mobile home in the town of Slaughter, which is about 20 miles from Baton Rouge. The child reportedly told investigators that he found the gun, which belonged to Smothers, and it accidentally discharged while he was playing with it.
But deputies believe otherwise.
In fact, a sheriff’s department statement says the boy “intentionally shot Mrs. Smothers in the back of the head as she sat in her living room watching television.”