Riled video gamer fa­tally shoots mother

The Buffalo News - - NATIONAL NEWS - – Wash­ing­ton Post

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?”

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