Did a violent video game contribute to elderly woman's murder?
Do video games contribute to violent behavior?
Yes, it desensitizes players to extreme violence.
No, it has no effect on the minds of players.
I'm not sure, more study is needed.
By CNN contributed to this report
Slaughter, LA —
An 8-year-old Louisiana boy allegedly shot and killed his grandmother after playing a popular, and violent, video game investigators say.
87-year-old Marie Smothers was killed with a single gunshot wound to the head last week in Slaughter, Louisiana, which is about 20 miles north of Baton Rouge.
While a motive for the killing is still unknown, investigators have learned that the young boy was playing 'Grand Theft Auto IV' directly before the shooting occurred.
A statement sent to CNN by the video game company said this is about access to guns not video games, and "...Ascribing a connection to entertainment, a theory that has been disproven repeatedly by multiple independent studies, both minimizes this moment and sidesteps the real issues at hand."
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