Teen shot parents because they took video games away

Surveillance video showed teen walking into parents' room with handgun

Author: Ian Cull, KXLY4 Multimedia Journalist, ianc@kxly.com
Published On: Mar 12 2013 07:07:17 PM PDT   Updated On: Apr 12 2013 11:30:07 AM PDT
MOSES LAKE, Wash. -

He was upset because they took away his video games; that's why police say a Moses Lake teen shot his parents while they slept.

Now, 9-1-1 calls reveal Nathon Brooks' parents had no idea who pulled the trigger and shot them last Friday night.

911: Are you or anyone else in immediate danger?
Jon Brooks: I don't know. Not that I know of. I don't know if he's even here, I don't know anything.
911: How many people are injured?
Jon Brooks: At least two. I don't know where my son is, his room's down the hall.

Court records show that the shooting of Jon and Elizabeth Brooks was not a spur of the moment act but a plan put into motion by an upset teenager.After the shooting Nathon Brooks told officers he wanted to kill his parents because they grounded him.

Brooks thought if he killed them he'd get to do whatever he wanted to do.

Late Friday night Jon Brooks and his wife lay sleeping in their Moses Lake home when someone shot Jon in the head and Elizabeth in the face and hand.

Jon Brooks: Somebody broke in, we've all been shot.

Jon Brooks: I don't know, we woke up and we've all been shot. I need police to come right away.

Even though he had been shot, Brooks was still able to dial 9-1-1 and ask for help.

911: Did you see the person who fired the shots?
Jon Brooks: Just a figure, just a figure.
911: And where is the suspect now?
Jon Brooks: I don't know we're hiding in the room.

What he didn't know at that point was that his own son Nathon was the shooter. The 14-year-old, who appeared in court and was charged with attempted murder Monday, was upset because he had his video games taken away, so he hatched a plan to kill his parents, even waiting an hour and a half in his room listening to music before deciding to act.

Police said he shot his dad and mom while they were asleep and, after emptying the .22 caliber gun he stole from their gun safe, he went downstairs to get more bullets.

By that time his dad was awake, on the phone with 9-1-1 asking for police to come help. When they arrived, Nathon answered the door, telling police he saw the attacker leave the home.

But that wasn't true, and the evidence was in surveillance cameras Jon told police he had set up to make sure Nathon was doing his chores. When police watched the video, they saw Nathon, armed with the .22 caliber pistol, walking into his parents' room.

It was then he admitted firing the shots, saying he'd been thinking about killing his parents since he was 8-years-old.

Police say both of the parents are now considered improving and their conditions are not life-threatening. In fact, Jon was released from the hospital Tuesday.