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An eight-year-old boy who allegedly shot dead  his 87-year-old caregiver with her own gun had played a violent video game that  awards points for killing people just minutes earlier.

The boy, who has not been identified, was  playing Grand Theft Auto IV before shooting relative Marie Smothers in  the back of the head as she watched television in her Louisiana mobile home on  Thursday night.

The boy won’t be charged for shooting  Smothers, pronounced dead at the scene, because of his age.

Shocking: Marie Smothers, 87, was shot dead with her own gun by an eight-year-old boy at her Louisiana mobile home, pictured
Shocking: Marie Smothers, 87, was shot dead with her own  gun by an eight-year-old boy at her Louisiana mobile home, pictured
The eight-year-old boy was playing violent video game Grand Theft Auto IV before he shot his caregiver
The eight-year-old boy was playing violent video game  Grand Theft Auto IV before he shot his caregiver

Authorities are calling the shooting a  homicide, and an autopsy was undertaken last night.

While the boy told  investigators he accidentally shot the woman while playing with a  firearm, WAFB-TV reports  there is evidence showing he intentionally shot her.

The Colt .38-caliber Detective Special  revolver he used belonged to Smothers,  who lived in the Country Breeze Mobile  Home Park near Slaughter, but  it’s not clear where she kept it, The Advocate reports.

He is now in the care of his parents, from  East Baton Rouge Parish.

They have been ordered to appear in 20th  Judicial District Court on Monday, The Advocate reports.

This is a Colt .38-caliber Detective Special revolver - like the gun detectives believe an eight-year-old boy used to kill his elderly caregiver
This is a Colt .38-caliber Detective Special revolver –  like the gun detectives believe an eight-year-old boy used to kill his elderly  caregiver

Smothers and the boy are related and were the  only ones in the mobile home at the time of the shooting.

Officers said the television set was turned  off when police arrived, but the video game console was still on with a copy of  Grand Theft Auto IV in it

The game: The Grand Theft Auto video games are notoriously violent and involve both maneuvering cars and shooting
The game: The Grand Theft Auto video games are  notoriously violent and involve both maneuvering cars and shooting
Just before shooting his grandmother, the boy was playing Grand Theft Auto IV. The story for the game revolves around a war veteran from Eastern Europe who comes to the U.S. and gets swept up gangs, crime and corruption
Just before shooting his grandmother, the boy was playing Grand Theft Auto IV. The story for the game revolves around a war veteran from Eastern Europe who comes to the U.S. and gets swept up gangs, crime and corruption

Just before shooting his grandmother, the boy was  playing Grand Theft Auto IV. The story for the game revolves around a war  veteran from Eastern Europe who comes to the U.S. and gets swept up in gangs,  crime and corruption

Too young: The video game is rate M for mature which means it's suggested for players 17 and up
Too young: The video game is rate M for mature which  means it’s suggested for players 17 and up

The boy lived with Smothers so he could  enroll in an East Feliciana Parish school, according to The  Advocate. Family members insist  the shooting was ‘an accident’.

Trailer park owner Gerald Methvin was  surprised to hear about the shooting.

‘It’s a shock to me just as much as anyone  else because everything has been so peaceful, Mrs Smothers was a fine tenant,  never give us no trouble, called all the time,’ Mr Methvin told WBRZ.

But a neighbor raised questions about the  boy’s access to a gun.

‘Where did she have the gun, where did he see  the gun, was it in his eyesight? That’s the thought that goes through my head,”  Johnnie Scott said.

Sergeant Kevin Garig said the boy came from a  stable family.

‘From accounts of relatives of the victim, as  well as friends of the family, the victim and the juvenile had a normal, loving,  relationship and even shared the same bedroom,’ he said.

Louisiana law prohibits authorities from  charging the child with a crime because of his age, the sheriff’s office said.

The law states: ‘Those who have not reached  the age of 10 years are exempt from criminal responsibility. However, nothing in  this article shall affect the jurisdiction of juvenile courts as established by  the constitution and statutes of this state.’

The investigation is ongoing.

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