Riled video gamer fatally shoots mother
LOS ANGELES – A 28-yearold man playing a video game in his bedroom threw a fit, broke his headset, then picked up a gun and killed his mother, according to police in Ceres, Calif.
Matthew Nicholson stayed with his parents in a powder blue house with a basketball hoop over the garage door.
It was a loving and open home, and 68-year-old Lydia Nicholson was the sort of mother who “wanted to see the best in people at all times,” her daughter told Fox 40.
But a police spokesman told the station that officers had visited the home after a fight between Nicholson and his parents once in the past six months, before Thursday, when they would arrive too late.
Matthew Nicholson had only driven a couple of miles away, and police pulled him over near a relative’s home in Riverbank.
He was charged with homicide and jailed without bail.
In the hours to come, friends and relatives would gather outside the house with the basketball hoop.
News cameras joined them, and investigators came and went.
“Was it the video game,” the police spokesman wondered aloud to a local NBC station, “or was there something else going on?”