Videogame Playtime Turns Deadly For Charlotte Teen

July 21, 2010 -

A Charlotte, North Carolina teen was shot by a friend early Tuesday morning while playing a videogame, according to police, but the motive for the crime is still a "mystery." Investigators have charged another 15 year old - who was described as a friend of the victim - with murder Tuesday afternoon. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is not releasing the name of the juvenile suspect due to his age, but they did identify the victim as Trevall Rembert.

Police say Rembert was killed while playing video games with several friends. According to sources speaking to WMFB News, at least a dozen teens were inside Rembert house at 2220 Tate Street in northwest Charlotte when the incident occurred.

The shooting, which is being described by some accounts accidental, occurred because the teens in the room were passing around a loaded shotgun. Police say they have interviewed all the teens that were at the scene but are frustrated because many of them are not being "up front about what happened, making it difficult for detectives to piece together what actually happened inside the house."

You can read more about the crime at WMF News.


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Re: Videogame Playtime Turns Deadly For Charlotte Teen

It smells like a darwin award from the sound of it

Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: Videogame Playtime Turns Deadly For Charlotte Teen

Passing around a loaded shotgun....were they trying to get a darwin award?

Seriously that's just begging for someone to get shot. And anyone who would be that careless around a gun deserves what they get.

We all do stupid stuff sometimes, but sometimes even nature says "you are so stupid, I will kill you".

Re: Videogame Playtime Turns Deadly For Charlotte Teen

The shooting, which is being described by some accounts accidental, occurred because the teens in the room were passing around a loaded shotgun.

And people wonder why I'm in favour of making gun safety classes manditory...

Though I doubt it would have helped here.

Re: Videogame Playtime Turns Deadly For Charlotte Teen

What's the betting that the media at least WON'T look at the fact someone had left a freaking loaded shotgun lying around?

Re: Videogame Playtime Turns Deadly For Charlotte Teen

I call 100 dollar if the media doesn't investigate why the shotgun was lying around and left loaded.

 

Re: Videogame Playtime Turns Deadly For Charlotte Teen

according to police, but the motive for the crime is still a "mystery."

This is where police and parent will end up blaming video game for the shooting and probably not looking at the suspect's past to solve and connect the murder.

 

This is sad when I read this, I wonder how this will turn out.  Just hope they don't go pointing finger at video game. 

 

 
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Neeneko@MC - Focusing on perpetrator does nothing for prevention, the media and public lack the domain knowledge and event details to draw any useful conclusions. All we get are armchair risk experts.10/25/2014 - 7:36am
Neeneko@AE - no name or picture, I like it.10/25/2014 - 7:34am
PHX Corp@MW and AE The news media needs to stop promoting the Shooters. period10/25/2014 - 7:16am
Andrew EisenWhen I write about these massacres, I don't use the shooter's name or picture. I'm not saying everyone has to play it that way but that's how I prefer to do it.10/25/2014 - 12:44am
Andrew EisenYep, it's why the news media stopped spotlighting numbnuts who run out on the field during sporting events.10/25/2014 - 12:01am
Matthew Wilsonin media research its called the copycat effect. it simply says that if the news covers one mass shooting shooter, it increases the likelihood of another person going on a mass shooting.10/25/2014 - 12:00am
Andrew EisenAgreed. It bugs me that I know the names, faces and personal histories of a bunch of mass shooters but I couldn't tell you the name of or recognize a photo of a single one of their victims.10/24/2014 - 11:51pm
AvalongodAgree with Quiknkold. @Mecha...if that worked we would have figured out how to prevent these long ago.10/24/2014 - 11:32pm
MechaCrashUnfortunately, you have to focus on the perpetrator to figure out the whys so you can try to prevent it from happening again.10/24/2014 - 10:55pm
quiknkoldpoor girl. poor victims. rather focus on them then the shooter. giving too much thought to the monster takes away from the victims.10/24/2014 - 10:15pm
Andrew EisenFor what it's worth, early reports are painting the motive as "he was pissed that a particular girl wouldn't date him."10/24/2014 - 10:12pm
quiknkoldwell then I suck as a man cause I ask for help when necessary :P10/24/2014 - 10:07pm
Technogeek(That said, mostly I was making the smartass evopsych comment because your post seemed like the kind of just-so story that has come to dominate 99% of its usage.)10/24/2014 - 10:04pm
TechnogeekHell, Liam Neeson built his modern career around it. Cultural factors likely play a far greater role than you appear willing to admit.10/24/2014 - 10:03pm
TechnogeekSeriously, though, the idea of "because women are protectors and that's why they never commit school shootings" is, at best, grossly overreductive. There's nothing inherently feminine about being willing to kill in order to protect one's offspring.10/24/2014 - 10:03pm
MechaCrashThe "toxic masculinity" thing refers to how you have to SUCK IT UP AND BE A MAN because seeking help is seen as weakness, which means you suck at manliness, so it builds and builds and builds until something finally snaps.10/24/2014 - 10:01pm
quiknkoldthere, I'm done. And thats what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown10/24/2014 - 9:54pm
quiknkoldand I am not spouting Evopsych, technogeek. tbh I never heard the phrase till you said it. I'm going off my observations.10/24/2014 - 9:54pm
quiknkoldmoreover, the guy who did this isnt even white. He was native american according to the news report I read. Also that he went for a specific target. That's a much different picture than a certain Sandy Hook guy who will not be named10/24/2014 - 9:53pm
 

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