Online Gaming Leads to Attempted Murder Charge for California Teen

July 31, 2012 -

While details are still a bit sketchy, an Oakley, California teen has been arrested for attempted murder after an altercation while playing a video game online turned to real-world violence. The incident occurred on Monday afternoon after two friends - an unnamed twenty-year-old man and a seventeen-year-old boy got into an altercation. According to Jimmy Lee from the Costa County Sheriff's Department, the two men were playing an unnamed video game online, which led to an argument about something. The 17-year-old was so angry that he visited the twenty-year-old's residence armed with a gun.

According to the victim's mother (also unnamed), the suspect came to their home to confront the victim but was met at the door by his mother who told him he couldn't come in. He pushed his way into the residence and aimed a gun at the victim. Luckily, when he fired the gun he missed, hitting the wall instead.

"He actually had the gun aimed at me, but he shot at my son," said the victim's mother. "I went downstairs to call the police and he ran downstairs, put his gun down, ran back up the stairs and evidently -- I thought they were fist-fighting -- he was stabbing the h*ll out of my son."

The 17-year-old was later arrested after leading the local police on a chase. He has been charged with attempted murder and is being held at the local juvenile hall. The victim airlifted to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek and is in stable condition, according to Lee.

Source: KTVU

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Re: Online Gaming Leads to Attempted Murder Charge for ...

I hate to be crass like this, but, take note ANY company that even hints at trying a RealID system.

If Blizzard had done theirs I'd have to see how common this might have gotten. People are petty like this and letting others know where others live is just a bad idea.

Re: Online Gaming Leads to Attempted Murder Charge for ...

Sadly, it's psychos like these that give gamers and gaming in general a really bad reputation by the press. They don't represent everyone or even the majority. That 17 year old is just plain nuts. Hopefully he gets the treatment he needs and the jail time he deserves.

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