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An eight-year-old boy who had reportedly just finished playing computer game Grand Theft Auto IV shot and killed his grandmother as she sat watching television.
The child, from Slaughter, Louisiana, retrieved the family gun after finishing a session on the violent simulation and then shot the 90-year-old woman in the back of the head, US police said.
The pensioner was confirmed dead at the mobile home, with detectives revealing the boy had told them he shot his grandmother by accident.
But the authorities said the evidence suggested the shooting was deliberate.
The incident happened in Slaughter, Louisiana, USA (Picture: GoogleMaps)
'By accounts of relatives of the victim, as well as friends of the family, the victim and the juvenile had a normal, loving, relationship and even shared the same bedroom,' a police statement read.
'Although a motive for the shooting is unknown at this time investigators have learned that the juvenile suspect was playing a video game, Grand Theft Auto IV, just minutes before the homicide occurred.'
As the eight-year-old boy is below the age of ten he cannot be charged under Louisiana law because he is 'exempt from criminal responsibility'.
Grand Theft Auto IV, which is only allowed to be bought by people aged over 17 in the US, has been criticised for the amount of violence it contains.