While the media immediately jumped to the conclusion that an 8-year-old boy who shot his elderly grandmother was somehow motivated by playing Grand Theft Auto, it looks like they were completely and utterly wrong. What police initially called a "homicide" has been ruled an accidental shooting, according to the Huffington Post.
A Louisiana judge ruled Monday that the boy will remain with his parents, though he did say that the court was still trying to determine how to help the family after this tragic accident.
On whether the shooting was a homicide or an accident, the judge said that it was definitely an unfortunate tragedy.
"It's not a crime if he's under 10 years old. We're still trying to figure out how to help this juvenile and his parents," said East Feliciana Parish District Attorney Samuel D'Aquilla. "It was determined that he did the shooting and it was an accident. He thought it was a toy gun, a play gun."
The shooting took place in a mobile home near Slaughter, LA., last Thursday. Smothers had been watching TV and caring for the boy, who was playing video games right behind her (we assumed that this trailer was small, given the types of trailers in the park - the kind you tow behind a vehicle). At some point during the day, the eight-year-old picked up a .38-caliber handgun and shot Smothers from about four feet away.
According to reports, the boy has been handed back and forth between the parents and his grandmother. Law enforcement officials have said that he and Smothers had a "normal, loving relationship."
Source: Huffington Post