Louisiana boy, 8, accused of killing 90-year-old relative

A customer rushes in to purchase a copy of the game Grand Theft Auto IV (AP Phoito/Paul Sakuma)

August 26, 2013 10:21:51 AM PDT
Authorities in Louisiana say an 8-year-old boy intentionally shot and killed a 90-year-old woman who was his caregiver after watching a video game with violent themes.

East Feliciana Parish sheriff's deputies said the juvenile was playing the video game "Grand Theft Auto IV" -- a realistic game that's been associated with encouraging violence and awards points to players for killing people -- just minutes before the fatal shooting.

Authorities are calling the shooting a homicide.

Sgt. Kevin Garig told The Advocate that the identities of both the shooter and the victim are being withheld.

Garig said the woman died after suffering at least one gunshot wound to the head. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Louisiana law prohibits authorities from charging the child with a crime because of his age.

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