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Boy accused of killing caregiver after playing video game

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An 8-year-old boy from Louisiana has been accused of shooting and killing his 87-year-old caregiver after playing a violent video game.

The little boy from Slaughter, LA, told investigators that the shooting was accidental, but police told various media outlets that they believe the child intentionally shot and killed the caregiver, identified as Marie Smothers.

According to police, the unidentified 8-year-old pulled the trigger minutes after playing Grand Theft Auto IV, which awards points for every person you kill.

Officials said the child shot her in the back of the head while she was sitting in a chair watching TV.

There's now a debate whether the violent video games are to blame.

Video game makers said it's unfair to blame the tragedy on a video game, and in a statement said this is about access to firearms and not video games.

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