August 26th, 2013
09:39 PM ET

Police: Boy played video games before killing Grandmother

An 8-year-old boy in Louisiana shot and killed his 90-year-old grandmother after he finished playing the video game Grand Theft Auto IV.


Police have not revealed motive, but they suggested the video game may have played a role because it's "a realistic game that has been associated with encouraging violence and awards points to player for killing people."

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  1. john conquest

    yeah, i don't see a coloration between the violence in videogames to real world violence. Also you clearly have never heard of the ESRB

    August 27, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Reply
  2. Zach

    Why not blame the parents for leaving a loaded gun laying around and letting their child play a game intended for adults.

    August 27, 2013 at 9:57 am | Reply
  3. Paul Gonzalez

    This reveals the profound ignorance of the MSM re: videogames.

    GTA does NOT reward the player points for killing.

    Here's proof that there is no evidence connecting violent media with real world violence.


    SCOTUS concurs.

    Read Brown v. EMA. Important 2011 decision.

    FBI crime stats have shown a 30 year drop in violent crime. Simultaneously, the video game industry has grown by leaps and bounds. GTA is a multibillion dollar franchise.

    Harvard, Texas A&M, FBI, Secret Service, Surgeon General have all disproven links between fictional/real world violence.

    People who believe there is a cause are just moral panic sellers and are ignorant of the facts.

    August 26, 2013 at 10:52 pm | Reply

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