A 14-year-old boy from Moses Lake, Washington has just been charged with attempted first-degree murder after shooting both of his parents in the head. The reason? They had grounded him from playing video games.
Reports claim that the boy, Nathon Brooks, was grounded by his parents after he stole one of their credit cards. As well, Brooks had been late to class and was given detention by his school.
Last week, Brooks had broken into a safe in the guest bedroom of his house late at night to retrieve a .22 calibre pistol, and shot both of his parents while they were sleeping. Amazingly, both parents survived. The father was able to call 911 and report that an intruder had shot him and his wife, to which Brooks alerted police that the intruder had left.
As documented by Moses Lake police sergeant Mike Williams:
“He shot his dad first, [and] then he shot his mom, [and] then shot again at his dad when [his father] rolled out of bed. Nathon said that when he was firing at his mom and she tried to get up, so he fired at her twice more and she stopped moving.”
Sgt. Williams reported that when he asked "how much [Nathon Brooks] played video games, ...he told me ‘24/7,’ up until he got his electronics taken away.”
As a response, the videogame industry just recently launched a campaign that would educate parents on the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), as well as being able to limit access to violent content by using safety and security features that are in videogame consoles.
Brooks was charged on Monday with two counts of attempted murder and is being held on a $500,000 bond. Prosecutors are seeking to have Brooks charged as an adult, which could result in a sentence of at least 30 years.