MOSES LAKE, WA - Police have charged 14-year-old Nathon Brooks with two counts of attempted first-degree murder after they say he got angry with his parents over being grounded, and then shot them both.
Moses Lake police say the shooting happened Friday night at the family’s home after Nathon got upset with his parents after they grounded him for being tardy from school. Part of his punishment was that he could use no electronic devices, which included his ability to play video games.
Nathan vented his frustration that night as he listened to music and contemplated killing his parents. He ended up taking a .22 caliber handgun from the family’s gun cabinet, loading it, and sneaking into his parents’ bedroom as they slept.
He first shot his father, 38-year-old Jonathan Brooks, in the back of the head. He then shot his mother, 39-year-old Elizabeth Brooks, in the face. He fired at his father again as the man rolled out of bed, then fired at his mother two more times when she tried to sit up. As Nathon headed downstairs to reload his now empty gun, his father was in the process of retrieving the .40 caliber pistol he kept hidden under the mattress.
Nathon got scared when he realized his father was not dead and was now yelling that he was brandishing his own firearm, so Nathon ran out of the house, tossing his handgun in the backyard swimming pool. Nathon’s father called 911 to report his wife had been shot by an intruder. At this point, he had no idea it was his son who had tried to kill him and his wife.
Jonathan said that he woke up to the first shot being fired and saw a figure standing in the doorway. He rolled off the bed, unaware he’d been shot, to grab the gun he kept hidden. As he grabbed the gun, he heard several more shots. By time he was armed, the intruder was gone and he realized his wife had been shot.
When police arrived at the home, Nathon answered the door in his underwear. They asked him where the shooter was and he told them he’d already fled the scene. Police would find Jonathan suffering from a bullet wound to the head, and Elizabeth suffering from a gunshot wound to the face and hand. They were both rushed to the hospital.
Police reviewed surveillance footage from a camera Jonathan had setup to make sure Nathon was doing his chores during the day, and watched the teen pacing the room with a handgun. When confronted with the footage, Nathon admitted to being the one who had shot his parents.
Later, while being interviewed, Nathon revealed what had triggered his decision to kill his parents that night.
“Nathon said he had a long talk with his parents about how they were disappointed with his ongoing disobedience. He told me that he had gotten in trouble for taking a credit card from his parents, and his mom had said he was meeting the definition of insanity, the fact that he kept trying the same thing over and over expecting a different result,” said Moses Lake police Sgt. Mike Williams.
When his father told him that they would be spending Saturday doing chores and playing basketball, Nathon decided to kill his parents so he could then “do anything he wanted.” Nathon added that he felt playing video games was making him violent. When Williams asked how often he played video games, he said Nathon replied, “24/7, up until he got his electronics taken away.”
A family friend said Jonathan and Elizabeth Brooks are “doing well.” Jonathan is in a wheelchair and conscious while Elizabeth is able to communicate through sign language. Nathon Brooks was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder. His bail was set at $500,00. Prosecutors said they will be asking that Brooks be tried as an adult.
The interim director at Moses Lake Christian Academy, where Nathon attended school, said the school held a parent meeting to update parents on the shooting and how to talk to their kids about it. They also had grief counselors at the school when students returned on Monday.
Here’s a short video of Nathon as he appeared before a judge. Oh, and to the hot blonde sitting beside the judge, you should provide me with your contact info so I can more easily stalk you online. Thanks!