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Atlanta 8 year shoots caregiver reportedly after playing Grand Theft Auto
ATLANTA -- An 8-year-old Louisiana boy is accused of shooting and killing his 87-year-old caregiver reportedly after playing a violent video game.
The case is sparking outrage and fierce debate over whether those violent games are to blame.
A neighborhood is stunned after investigators say an 8-year-old shot and his 87-year-old caregiver, Marie Smothers.
"It's a shock to me as well as anyone else because everything has been so peaceful."
The little boy told sheriff's deputies it was an accident but in a statement to the media, the sheriff's department said their evidence, quote:
"Has led investigators to believe that the 8 year old juvenile intentionally shot Mrs. Smothers in the back of the head as she sat in her living room watching television."
Police say the 8-year-old pulled the trigger minutes after playing the very popular and very violent video game "Grand Theft Auto IV" -- which awards points for killing people:
"In this particular instance, the direct correlation of the video games playing during the shooting and even still on the television when police arrived cannot be overlooked. Can you conclusively say that it "caused" him to shoot? We don't know. There's simply too many variables that work in a child's mind."
Video game makers say it is unfair and unjustified to blame this tragedy on a game:
A statement sent to CNN by the makers of Grand Theft Auto said this is about access to guns not video games, and "ascribing a connection to entertainment, a theory that has been disproven repeatedly by multiple independent studies, both minimizes this moment and sidesteps the real issues at hand."