US boy who shot grandmother thought gun was a toy: Attorney
LOUISIANA (REUTERS) - An 8-year-old Louisiana boy who shot and killed his elderly grandmother after playing a violent video game told authorities "he thought it was a toy gun,"
The boy, whose name was not disclosed, is not charged with a crime and has been released to his parents. Louisiana law prevents children under 10 from facing criminal charges, on the assumption that they are not mature enough to have criminal intent, said East Feliciana Parish District Attorney Samuel D'Aquilla.
The boy did not appear to have murder in mind when he pointed the handgun at the back of 87-year-old Marie Smothers' head and pulled the trigger last week, Mr D'Aquilla said.
"He doesn't know that if you point a gun at somebody, it kills them and they're gone forever," Mr D'Aquilla said. "It's not because he is a cold-blooded killer and he did this to kill his grandmother."