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Nathon BrooksMOSES 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!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/debbie.dean.98 Debbie Dean

    “Police reviewed surveillance footage from a camera Jonathan had setup to make sure Nathon was doing his chores during the day…” In this case, the crazy may be genetic.

  • OutOfBubbleGum

    “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. ”

    DNA testing should reveal Nathan’s father is either George Peppard or Liam Neeson, leaders of the A-Team, ’cause countless shots were fired and nobody was killed.

  • NY_Mommy

    That statement creeped me out too

  • newstarshipsmell

    And yet, it solved a crime promptly, that otherwise might have wasted resources looking for a nonexistent intruder. Plus the son apparently had no idea about the camera, so obviously Dad did a good job of hiding it.

  • newstarshipsmell

    No electronics, but he was able to listen to music? Non-electronically?

  • JGo555

    He is fucking lucky his video games addiction did not train him well enough to be a good shot.

  • JGo555

    He probably put it next to the vacuum or mop & bucket/ sweefer.

  • JGo555

    RADIO, people at work use them.

  • Jubilex

    On the surface it seems kind of extreme – but if you read into the story a bit you find a kid who was going to school late, and not doing his chores – and stole a credit card. The last one is the ‘warning’ sign for me that tells me there are outbursts and other things we aren’t being told in the story – it sounds like the kid was hell bent on going over the edge – and as a parent – I can understand the frustration.

    After a stolen credit card I’d think about surveillance as well. I’ve considered (although never brought myself to do it) video taping (not hidden either) two of my children – mostly so that I could replay it for them so they could ‘see’ just how they were acting – because no matter how much talking was done – they couldn’t understand how angry and combative they were when interacting with others. I have one right now that is 21 and still cant say more than about 25% of the truth – even if it’s about what he ate for breakfast – and I have no idea why. Video evidence could be a way to force a bit of acceptance of the truth – although I honestly don’t have any practical knowledge of how well it would work – it’s crossed my mind.

    The fact that the ‘extreme’ punishment was to take away the ‘electronics’ (as he listened to music this must have meant video games – maybe TV and phone?) and do chores for an entire day – that these parents were trying to be stern yet reasonable – but that’s just my gut feeling.

  • ShelbySP

    LEAVE THE VIDEO GAMES OUT OF YOUR CRAZY, SIR.

  • NY_Mommy

    I read the story a lil differently. While I can’t speak to your situation, in this one it seems the parents raised a kid that would rather shoot them than do chores and play basketball. BASKETBALL. Thats just crazy. You can’t let your kids be raised by a tv and gaming system. It seems these people should have intervened on the electronics a looong time ago.

  • Athena

    Who leaves an unlocked gun cabinet and an unsecured handgun under the bed with an unstable teenage boy in the house?!?

    People who want to get shot… that’s who.

  • Buffettgirl

    My Mom used to hide the tape recorder and tape my sister and me going at each other as teens… it did work too! Who wants to know that they sound like a mutant, screeching banshee? Maybe setting up some sort of surveillance would help your 21 year old?

  • Buffettgirl

    Wow – Washington is getting sort of Florida-esque these days… I’m scared, is this going to trickle down to Oregon?

  • come_and_see

    .22 cal isn’t that powerful and the worst choice if you’re trying to off two people quickly. It barely has enough muzzle velocity to penetrate bone, but it has a nasty habit of going around the bone and tearing up all the flesh. When I went to the gun range and shot at metal targets with .22 copper nose rounds would ricochet back at me so I never shoot at metal targets anymore unless I’m using lead rounds.

  • tkaz

    You’d think you’d be able to SEE if the chores were done. If the leaves are still there…the yard wasn’t raked!

  • tkaz

    I listen to the radio…I even listen to TALK radio. I must be old.

  • tkaz

    How did all those shots not KILL anyone!??

  • Athena

    If the radio requires a cord, batteries or even to be cranked, it’s electronic.

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    I guess he’s going to have a lot less time with video games now.

  • Andyman

    Good thing for the parents he used a 22 I guess. And what is with these parents who have guns in the house that they don’t keep locked? I didn’t read where he broke into the gun safe..

  • Andyman

    At 15, my parents hooked up their tape recorder to the phone. After three months of me constantly being busted for everything, the truth came out when my dad asked me what a “dick head shit” was. Must have been a pet name I made up for him. Anyway, any time for a long time that I needed to make a phone call, I would just take the phone off the hook for 45 minutes so that their tape would run out and stop.

  • Andyman

    My first thought too Athena…

  • Andyman

    They were 22′s and the kid has reasonably bad aim?

  • Buffettgirl

    Nice solution! The best thing about Mom doing what she did, was that it did prove MY point along the way. I am the youngest, and probably the “spiciest” one personality wise too, so it was always very easy for the other three kids to get away with saying I started it. It was believable because (shock, awe, gasp!) I’ve always been such a smart-ass. Once Mom started hearing just how much of the time it WASN’T me, well, shit started changing, in my favor! In fact, Mom felt so guilty for not hearing me sooner on this topic that she took me to get contact lenses at 13. Mind you, this was 1983, contacts for a teenager where a luxury item! ;-)

  • Andyman

    Ah, look at the bright side – it’s always better to be a smart-ass than a dumb-ass! :)

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    I didn’t see in the write-up that the cabinet was unlocked. But, like most teens, he probably knew where the parents kept the key(s). And, it’s a damned good thing that Dad kept the .40cal. nearby, or the kid might have had the chance to reload & finish the job.

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    That’s why most gun ranges use swinging metal targets, not stationary ones.

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    Keys, maybe?

  • techsupp0rt

    What’s the point of locking it if anyone can access the key?

  • Dragonsmuse

    Someone pointed out (I think Athena) about there being a gun by the fathers bed, and the unlocked gun cabinet when there is an unstable teenage boy in the house. While I agree gun cabinets should always be locked, I don’t think the father keeping a gun near him is a bad thing. If you own a firearm for protection it would be kind of hard to protect your self if you had to go run to a gun locker in that situation.
    The boy also proves to be unstable now, but I think that the camera for the sole purpose of seeing if he was doing chores is a bit extreme, I’d be more okay with it if he had a habit of bringing people over, or if he was a habitual theft, etc.
    Regardless of the situation, I’m glad the parents survived and I hope the woman is able to speak again eventually and I hope the boy DOES get tried as an adult, but I also hope he gets some professional help.

  • Athena

    You’re right. It was locked. It was just a shitty enough gun cabinet that he was able to grab the weapon by simply prying the door open.

    And, it’s a damned good thing in this case that the
    gun was hanging out under his bed. In my uncle’s case, it resulted in
    the death of his 13-year-old child and near death of his wife.

    My point stands: Unsecured guns around a teenage boy with well-established behavioral problems is a bad idea.

  • Twisted1

    Lol, I screwed with my parents. Partly because they over reacted to things and would fly off the handle and over punish my brothers. Partly because it was fun. Every time they yelled “Who did _______”. I would say I did it. At first when I started, it was obvious I did not do it. Later even when I did do it they did not believe me.

  • Twisted1

    Hubby and I were talking about getting a gun. He owns a few but they are at his parents house. We have two teens and agreed if we do get a gun it will be with a safe that requires a thumb/palm print. This way it is easy access for protection while being locked away from our kids.

  • Twisted1

    It seems it started right after I moved here. Lol

  • AssWho?

    Who down voted that? One of the best comments I have seen on DD.
    I admire your wit sir….

  • AssWho?

    Unsecured guns around a teenage boy with well-established behavioral problems is a bad idea.———–

    understatement

  • NY_Mommy

    I doubt it would have taken them long to figure it out without the tape.

  • Buffettgirl

    As long as it stops at the Columbia River I’m good! ;-)

  • OutOfBubbleGum

    Shhhh!

    This is between you and me.

    DON’T TELL ANYONE!!

    Bob Woodward’s friend, Deep Throat, says it was done by the “United People’s Because Front (UPBF).” Not to be mistaken for the “People’s Front United Because.”

    UPBF apparently feels threatened by “’cause” ‘cause is moving into its action. Deep Throat’s
    allies are tracing it back. It may go as high as the Queen for her ownership with royalty fee for English. Beware of Athena. She’s been using Queen’s English before birth.

  • Heather_Habilatory

    Hell yeah. When I got grounded, my parents took my corded phone out of my room, my stereo unit, (left my speakers so I could see them all sad and lonely), my alarm clock (it had a radio in it). Fuck. One time I got in so much trouble, they took my lamps and the light bulb out of the light fixture. No music, no tv, not even a digital fucking clock.

  • come_and_see

    We’re ghetto up in here in Mass.

  • techsupp0rt

    Professional help isn’t going to cut it, I don’t think. Sociopaths don’t get cured, they learn to act better.

  • techsupp0rt

    lol, me too. I just moved up from Portland.

  • AssWho?

    Aye I too have heard rumors of Athena’s ties to the Reds.
    My intel confirms your findings that it was not the doings of “People’s Front United Because” or their agents. However we did confuse them with the (UPBF) so I cannot attest to their involvement.

  • t0ofly

    party at OMSI y’all

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    Apparently not real believers in common sense, either.
    If you can’t afford swinging metal targets, and, want to hang any stationary metal targets; you angle them down to keep the bullets from causing harm.
    I use FMJ rounds for all my targeting, not soft lead…

  • abbys_mom

    Games themselves are not the issue (same with violent movies, tv, music, or even guns). Take a normal, healthy kid who has been disciplined with love from day one, who spends a good deal of his time with his family and friends, outdoors, playing with his friends and participating in sports, whose parents ask about his day, eat dinner with him, and help him with schoolwork…say this kid plays any typical violent video game such as Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto, but his time playing the game is limited by his parents, and I don’t think you’d ever see an issue with violence. Now take a kid who has behavioral issues, and who holes himself up in a room for hours on end with only a violent game for company to the point that he begins to relate to and fantasize about the game, and you’ve got a problem. Adam Lanza was reported to have been allowed to spend entire days in a room with the windows blacked out, alone with his computer and games. These issues are parenting problems, not tv, games, guns, etc. I’m not saying kids from wonderful homes don’t sometimes turn out bad despite the parents being great parents, but if you have so little contact with your child that they manage to spend hours and days on end alone with a video game, then yeah, that’s a parenting mistake.

  • Minerva

    A responsible American gun owner. Duh.

  • Jessica Stewart

    Um, I’m pretty sure his father was a “storm trooper”, under the circumstances

  • Jessica Stewart

    Yeah, but the real problem here is that they obviously didn’t teach him anything about guns, or…he didn’t really want to kill them..I mean, who grabs a .22 to kill people with? They had a gun safe, so apparently there were other guns, rifles, etc? The dad had a .40, FGS. Also I don’t think a stable teenage boy should be left with unsecured guns either, :)

  • Jessica Stewart

    My dad was freakishly obsessed with my schooling when I went rogue in my teen years, and I had to get a paper signed by my teachers to verify I had gone to class and done my homework…….Oh how quickly we learn to forge signatures…..in 6th grade

  • Jessica Stewart

    Also, they’ve been proven to help those with PTSD, at least as far as war zones are concerned.

  • Jessica Stewart

    I feel your pain, I had everything but furniture removed by my parents….twice.

  • ShelbySP

    My dad and his buddies used to play Halo and COD while they were in Iraq. He said it was calming when you could pretend the mortar sounds were just coming from the game.

  • newstarshipsmell

    I talk to the radio.

  • http://www.krashthrills.wordpress.com/ Anthony Mandich

    Wow this is nuts. What a little fucking bastard. I bet it was pretty devastating for the dad to come to the realization that the person who had tried to kill him and his wife was his fucking devil’s spawn son.

  • Heather_Habilatory

    My parent’s friends took away their kid’s furniture, too. She had nothing in her room but a mattress, blankets and pillows.

  • SharG’z

    They’re gonna clean up your looks
    With all the lies in the books
    To make a citizen out of you
    Because they sleep with a gun
    And keep an eye on you, son
    So they can watch all the things you do
    Because the drugs never work
    They gonna give you a smirk
    ‘Cause they got methods of keeping you clean
    They gonna rip up your heads
    Your aspirations to shreds
    Another cog in the murder machine
    They say that teenagers scare the living **** out of me
    They could care less as long as someone’ll bleed
    So darken your clothes or strike a violent pose
    Maybe they’ll leave you alone, but not ME!…

  • G.I.R.L.

    He seems to have had some great parents. I wished, as a kid, someone would have a sit down with me on insanity and the real world and responsibility. I eventually taught myself, but as a kid i grew up around women who were far more interested in drama and fighting (which didn’t cease until 2011 when my grandfather died as a result of their childish egos among other things).

  • Edward Richtofen

    50 000 bail or 500 000

  • Chixdigme

    Unsecured guns around ANY kid is a bad idea.

  • Chinchillazilla

    The article linked says “While Nathon Brooks has no criminal history, Moses Lake police have previously investigated a report of him molesting a girl younger than himself in 2010, according to the police report. Jonathon Brooks allegedly refused to let police talk to his son about the molestation accusation and charges were never filed.”

    This makes me suspect maybe his parents weren’t THAT great, and that there’s a lot more to the story than “kid flips out over video games.”

  • G.I.R.L.

    Wow, now things have taken a turn.

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    LMAFO

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    damn teenagers..of course my mom always promised to shoot me..

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    .22 takes about 5 rounds..

  • Sarah Ochocki

    This miserable fuck shot someone point-blank in the head and failed to kill them? He should be arrested for just all-around sucking at life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gloria110278 Gloria Cruz

    video games are just a new way to get people addicted to shit even with pstd it keeps them sick

  • http://www.facebook.com/gloria110278 Gloria Cruz

    over exposed to games is not good

  • Jessica Stewart

    I disagree, addiction is a symptom of a problem. Just like anything else, if they’re over used, video games can become a problem. But saying video games are just a new way to get people addicted to shit is like saying that poppy flowers are god’s way of taunting opiate addicts. Making blanket statements about various peoples forms of entertainment/enlightenment/education just shows that you haven’t thought about it from all angles. People’s “addiction” to electronic interaction has helped to investigate cancer, as well as showing us how to improve our brain function, to name a couple of other positive out comes. But overall, I suppose, in some way, (noting your addendum below) you are correct, ‘over exposed’ (sic) to video games is not good, but too much water ingested can poison you, and too much surrounding you, can drown you, however, I wouldn’t give it up completely, no matter how much the media went on about it.

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