Detectives Investigating if a Series of Killings is Tied to Grand Theft Auto
According to Los Angeles TV station KCAL9, homicide detectives in Orange County, CA are investigating if a series of killings, that claimed four lives, were inspired by the Grand Theft Auto series.
On Tuesday, Ali Syed, an unemployed part-time student, committed suicide, but not before he shot vehicles on a Southern California freeway. Before the shootout on the freeway, Syed allegedly shot his first victim in his parents home at 4:45 a.m., who has been identified as 20-year-old Courtney Aoki. The information about the relationship of Aoki and Syed is unknown.
After the killing of Aoki, it is thought that Syed fled the scene in his parents SUV, and his mother called 911 after she heard gunshots in her home.
According to reports, Syed then carjacked a number of vehicles throughout Orange County cities and killed two, while injuring three before he turned the 12-gauge shotgun on himself.
The authorities on the case have described Syed as a “loner and “gamer.” “What I mean by that is he spent a lot of time alone in his room playing video games,” Detective Amormino said.
Again because Syed fled various crimes scenes, the authorities are suspecting that some of his motives were influenced by Grand Theft Auto.
Obviously, Grand Theft Auto is a game where a carjacking has an enormous presence, but it’s ridiculous that investigators are wondering if GTA had some time of motive behind this disturbing crime. He probably did play Grand Theft Auto because most hardcore gamers (which sounds like he was) have engaged in the series one way or another. And clearly because of the similarities behind this case and the popular violent video game, this will probably get a lot of traction in the press.