Louisiana 8-Year-Old Boy Suspected of Intentionally Shooting Elderly Relative In Head

| by Amanda Schallert
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An 8-year-old Louisiana boy shot and killed his elderly caregiver Thursday evening, an act which investigators now believe was intentional.

Marie Smothers, 87, was shot in the back of the head by the 8-year-old boy and died shortly after suffering the wound. The boy, who was back with his parents Thursday night, told East Feliciana Parish investigators that the incident was an accident, according to The Advocate.

The child said that he was playing with the gun, and did not intend to fire it and kill his caregiver.

But after further investigation, police say they think the boy purposefully shot Smothers in the back of the head while she was watching television. However, officials have not determined a motive for the crime.

Relatives of Smothers and the boy said the two had a “normal” and “loving” relationship. Smothers and the child reportedly even slept in the same bedroom.

Investigators said the boy was playing a violent videogame right before he killed Smothers. The game, “Grand Theft Auto IV,” rewards players for killing people.

Police have not yet completed their investigation.

Sources: The Advocate