14-Year-Old Shoots Parents, Blames Video Games

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.

Source: Raw Story by way of PHX Corp.

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  1. GrimCW says:

    I wouldn't put it past.

    But i've never heard of an over zealous religous person going so far on their own child, usually they view their kids as the picture perfect ones, and would never wish to tarnish that vision in any way that could be made public.

    And surveillance def crosses that line.

  2. bluelightrevival says:

    Or his father is a nut. You ever think that maybe living with parents who would put you in a religious school and set up a monitoring system might lead the kid to kill them? Over doing as a parent can make a kid run away over doing like this could make the kid take more drastic measures to get away from his parents.

    Or maybe hes the nut. But no one should jump to the conclusion that he is all to blame.

  3. Kincyr says:

    the school's mission statement even said "We believe that each student [was] created in the image of God"

    there's more evidence to blame religion rather than anything else

  4. ddrfr33k says:

    One funny thing that I've noticed over the years is how often people of my generation say video games made them do it.  One former co-worker went on a joyride that resulted in a police chase when he was younger.  After the cops arrested him, he decided he would start spouting nonsense and try to mess with him.  And he said that he told the officer he played Grand Theft Auto, just because he could.

    Being that video gaming is so pervasive in our culture, it's hard to blame the media for every disaster.  Given what this particular kid is saying, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that there was mental health issues at play in this case.

  5. Infophile says:

    In some cases it goes too far, certainly. In this case? Not at all. If anything, it didn’t go far enough. Of course, that’s always easier to say in retrospect.

  6. Imautobot says:

    Anyone ever see the Steve Martin movie My Blue Heaven?  In that movie he mentions that the best way to kill someone is with a .22 to the head.  

    Apparently that's not true.


  7. GrimCW says:

    The CCTV is a big one IMO too.

    The kid must have a history of something for the father to put that in specifically to monitor him…

  8. hellfire7885 says:

    The description of the kid's previous actions plus the fact that the father had a CCTV system in their house leads me to think that the kid was bound for something like this.

    And I think we can all thank the anti-game crusaders for the fact that this idiot actually thinks he can avoid an attempted murder charge by simply saying the video games made him do it.

    Plus, as some said, the father is a pastor, so the CCTV thing may or may not be due to the kid's actions. Hell, I've seen systems set up where a parent got an email every 20 minutes about a kid's online activity.

    I'm all for parents taking an active role in monitoring things but in cases it simply goes too far.

  9. NyuRena says:

    We can just as easily blame him going to a Xian school for this. You already have your critical thinking skills intentionally impaired.
    Or maybe turning to a gun is just “the in thing”, it’s damned near glorified on our 24 hour news networks.

  10. Kincyr says:

    we all know that the anti-game idiots are going to turn a blind eye where it says "he quit playing violent video games", voluntarily I might add

  11. BearDogg-X says:

    The kid's a liar looking to get leniency. All that needs to be said.

    Proud supporter of the New Orleans Saints, LSU, 1st Amendment; Real American; Hound of Justice; Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always

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  12. Imautobot says:

    Actually he snapped cause he couldn't get Sim City 5 to connect to a server.  Now that'd be the best anti-DRM headline ever.

  13. hellfire7885 says:

    Indeed, by some claims he should have been able to finish them off and make it look like an intruder did it.

  14. Longjocks says:

    The anti-games mob better be careful which approach they take with this. They can say games turn kids into killers, but the claim that violent games train kids to kill may fall flat since he failed to kill unsuspecting people in a small room with a gun.

  15. Degraine says:

    It's worrisome that the prosecution is trying to get him tried as an adult. Those laws are there for a reason.

    More prosaically, attempting to murder your own parents for taking away your video games? This is a glaring example of the thinking and reasoning of a child. A particularly maladjusted one, but a child nonetheless.

  16. Neeneko says:

    he may be suffering from some sort of mental illness or he is smart enough to set up a defense of insanity…

    That seems very unlikely.  He might be dumb enough to try to set up an insanity defense, but in such a case his best hope would be getting laughed at and failing.  The result of such a plea, when successful, is actually pretty horrific.

  17. Malice says:

    I have a feeling thier is more to this story than being reported. There are definitely crazy things going on in that house. Wierd I was having a Mass Effect marathon today, and mysteriously didn’t have any spike in aggression.

  18. Narcosleepy says:

    Well damn!  I took my 12 year old son's xbox and blocked Steam due to declining grades.  Do I need to invest in a bulletproof vest and lock my bedroom door when I sleep?

  19. GrimCW says:

    Any novice shrink, let alone expert, could tell you the games clearly weren't at fault. I'm neither and even i can still see the major flaw here.

    The kid jumped to that decision clearly far to fast and knowingly from the sounds, using the obvious scapegoat and hoping to get off. Much like the kids who were pot shotting vehicles on a thru way from some barn, and their lawyer using JT's "GTA Made me do it" excuse.

    Good question now is where was the fathers gun locker, and how can you break into something as such without making a lot of noise?… obviously the father didn't trust the kid anyways given he had surveillance setup just to watch him, so how could he not jump at the sound of something being pried open? Or was he actually dumb enough to have one of those thin tin cheapo's?

  20. Conster says:

    "After listening to music for 90 minutes, the young Brooks decided he would kill his parents."

    *gasps* Music made him try to murder his parents! After all, he said he quit playing violent video games, so clearly, it's the music that drove him over the edge! Clearly, we should ban anyone under 18 from listening to music, and put a special Sinners Tax on any device that can play audio: radios, televisions, smartphones…


    Also, I'm guessing his parents won't be footing his bail.

  21. MrKlorox says:

    Daniel Petric's father was a pastor. There's certainly a theme with these situations, and it isn't just videogames.

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