A TEENAGE boy has killed his mother, brother and two sisters after being said to be “addicted to video games”.
Zain Ali, 17, from Lahore, Pakistan, was arrested after the bodies of his relatives were found by a maid.
Police have stated that the young man suffered from “psychological problems” from playing an online game.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds involves players parachuting onto an island and searching for weapons to kill others while avoiding being killed.
According to police officers, after failing to complete the task in the game, the boy went to get his mother’s pistol.
He then shot his mother Nahid Mubarak, 45, followed by his sister Mahnoor Fatima, 14, who arrived from another room after hearing gunshots.
He then killed another sister, Jannat, 10, and his brother, Taimur, 22, all at their family home in the Kahna area of the city.
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The boy is then said to have left the house and thrown the 30-caliber gun down the drain, before returning to pretend to be asleep.
Police arrested him after finding blood stains on his clothes and blood stains leading to the upper floor of the building, where he had slept.
They say he later confessed to killing his family in a fit of rage and that he believed they would come back to life once his mission was complete.
“His activities revealed that he was suffering from major depression,” one doctor asserted.
A police statement said: “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) addict boy confessed to killing his mother and siblings under the influence of the game.
“He has developed some psychological problems because of spending many hours of the day playing online games.”
Police also said that prior to the murder, his mother told him about how much he played the game.
The statement added: “On the day of the incident, Nahid scolded the boy over the matter.
“Then the boy took her mother’s pistol from the cupboard and shot her and his three other siblings.
“The next morning, the boy sounded the alarm and neighbors called the police.
“The boy at the time told police he was upstairs in the house and didn’t know how his family was killed.”
SSP investigative police official Imran Kishwar also said: “It is a sensational murder because we have started a scientific investigation.
“There are several theories that we have to consider and rule out before we find bloodstains starting in the house that raise suspicions.
“The boy complained to himself about his family members being murdered.
“During the course of questioning the boy, we noticed inconsistencies in his statements.
“The key question is why he murdered his mother and siblings, which leads us to assume that he is a PUBG addict. He was once shocked when he lost a game that resulted in his death. isolated.
“He’s treating the online game like a real game.
“It was a housemaid who found the bodies lying before calling the police.”
This is the fourth online game-related crime in the city since 2020, and three others have died by suicide with video games believed to have played a part in their deaths, leading to the forbidden call.
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8294670/boy-addicted-video-game-shoots-dead-family/ 17-year-old boy kills mother, brother and two sisters ‘after becoming addicted to video games’