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8-year-old accused of shooting elderly caregiver
LOUISIANA -- An 8-year old boy is accused of shooting and killing his 90-year-old caregiver in Louisiana. Police say the shooting was intentional -- and that it happened just after the boy played a violent video game.
Country Breeze Trailer Park was covered with cops Thursday evening. Detectives said the eight-year-old boy who was living at this mobile home grabbed a gun and shot and killed Marie Smothers, 90, as she sat in a chair watching television.
People who live here are shaking their heads in disbelief.
"Surprising. Shocked. You know it's like right behind you and don't know anything about it."
"I just heard the neighbors. I saw people coming through and you know, giving text messages out. And, you know, the website pops up on my cell phone about the news and what happened."
Detectives say while the young boy told them it was an accident; they believe he intentionally shot Smothers. However, they say relatives report the kid had a loving relationship with the woman and that the two even shared a bedroom.
A man who referred to himself as the boy's father tells 9 News the gun, a 38 caliber handgun, belonged to Smothers.
The longtime owner of trailer park, Gerald Methvin, said he never saw it coming.
"Its a shock to me as much as it is to anyone else because everything's been so peaceful. I've had butane tanks stolen off the front of trailers but that's nothing compared to what we saw yesterday."
Detectives are having a hard time with this one too. They say they don't know why the eight-year-old shot the woman... Only that he was playing Grand Theft Auto, a popular video game that gives players points for shooting people just minutes before he pulled the trigger.
"I think it's really sad. It's really sad."
East Feliciana sheriff's detectives say they sent the eight-year-old home to his parents while they continue their investigation. Detectives are still trying to figure out what action - if any - can be taken against the 8-year-old. In Louisiana, children under the age of ten cannot be charged with a crime.