A 28-year old man from Ceres, California was arrested for homicide after he shot his mother in the head Friday following an argument over a video game.
According to the Ceres Police Department, Matthew Nicholson had been in an argument with his mother Lydia when he threatened to kill her and his father. He then retrieved a handgun and shot his mother in the head.
The suspect’s father Loren was able to wrestle the gun away from his son before the shooter fled the crime scene in a vehicle and went to a relative’s home in Riverbank, where police officers later found and arrested him.
Authorities responded to the incident on River Valley Circle at around 10 p.m. after Loren called 911. Lydia was taken by paramedics to a nearby hospital, but the victim later succumbed to her wound.
“He came out yelling something about, ‘My headset is broken,’” police spokesman Greg Yotsuya said. “Then grabbed a gun and started shooting.” When they arrived at the house, police found two bullets in the wall and one in the ceiling.
Matthew was reportedly playing a video game in his bedroom when he got upset and started yelling. When his 68-year old mother checked on him, he got into an argument with her and ended up breaking his gaming headset.
The shooter blamed the victim for the broken headset, and it was at that point that he threatened to kill his parents.
“He would’ve killed the father too, but the gun jammed,” a family friend said. “The father grabbed the gun, emptied it.”
Matthew was charged with homicide and jailed at the Stanislaus County Jail without bail.
Autumn White, the victim’s daughter, described her mother as a caring person who had a loving and open home. “My mom was a wonderful person who loved her children,” White said. “This house has always been open to friends and family and it’s always been a family atmosphere.”