A 14-year-old in Washington state has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting both of his parents in the head after they restricted him from electronic devices – including playing video games. On Monday, Grant County prosecutors asked the court that the 14-year-old, Nathon Brooks, be tried as an adult on attempted murder charges. According to a lengthy report on Raw Story, the 14-year-old had a history of getting in trouble at home and at the Christian Academy that he attended. The tone of that report also suggests that he may be suffering from some sort of mental illness or he is smart enough to set up a defense of insanity…
According to a Moses Lake police report, Nathon Brooks told police that he had been considering killing his parents, 38-year-old Jonathan Brooks and 39-year-old Elizabeth Brooks, since the age of eight. What finally drove him to try to kill his parents was being grounded for two weeks from using electronic devices — including playing video games. His punishment was for stealing his father's credit card, according to the report. He had also recently been punished with detention at school for being late to class.
On Friday police say that Nathon Brooks pried open his father's gun safe and retrieved a .22 caliber pistol. After listening to music for 90 minutes, the young Brooks decided he would kill his parents. At about 10 pm that evening Brooks went into his parents room and shot both his mother and father. His parents had no idea who had shot them at the time and called 911 to say that they had been shot by someone who broke into their house.
Later police looked at surveillance footage – a system that father had apparently set up to monitor his son – and saw Nathan Brooks carrying a handgun in the living room.
During his interview with police, Nathon Brooks told them that he was "obsessed with video games. "
“He said he quit playing violent video games because he thought they were making him more violent,” Moses Lake police Sgt. Mike Williams wrote in his police report. “I asked him how much he played video games, and he told me ‘24/7,’ up until he got his electronics taken away.”
“He said he was rethinking it, but said ultimately the voice telling him to do it was louder than the one telling him not to,” Williams continued. “He said he just heard over and over in his head that he would be able to do whatever he wanted if he killed his parents.”
“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,” the report continued. “Nathan 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.”
Moses Lake police investigated Nathon Brooks in 2010 over allegations that he molested a younger girl, but no charges were filed, according to the report.
Jonathan Brooks has been released from Spokane hospital. His wife is in stable condition but needs more surgery, according to the report. Nathon Brooks is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.