A couple who miraculously survived being shot by their 14-year-old son have explained why they have stood by him.
Nathon Brooks took a .22 Smith & Wesson revolver out of the gun cabinet at his home in Moses Lake, Washington in March 2013 and fired six shots at his parents, Jon and Beth, as they slept.
The boy was angry about being grounded and having his computer games consoles taken away as punishment for getting a detention for being late to class.
They both survived and two years later their son was jailed for 15 years.
On it Mr Brooks says: ‘At the beginning there were so many questions. What the heck was he thinking?’
He says it would have been easy to get angry and ‘go to dark places’ but added: ‘That total disbelief and shock protected us. It was good for us.’
The documentary included a clip of Nathon’s original police interview when he lied about the shooting and claimed a stranger had done it.
His parents were also initially unaware of the identity of the shooter.
But the film, made by the BBC, includes a clip from the family’s own security camera inside the house which shows Nathon in his underwear carrying the gun as he heads for his parents’ bedroom.
The police unearthed it soon after the shooting.
Prosecutor Angus Lee said: ‘You see him carrying a revolver. It was the kind of evidence you don’t get in every case. Powerful. And it was undeniable.’
Confronted with the security camera footage Nathon admitted his role.
A detective then asked him: ‘What were you trying to do when you pulled the trigger?’
He replied: ‘What a gun does. Kill.’
Nathon told the film-makers: ‘I walked into the bedroom, raised the gun and before I realized I’d done it, I pulled the trigger.
‘I fired again three times at my mum. Then went over to my dad. That’s when it really clicked what I’d done. I remember thinking “gone”.’
(Previously published at Daily mail, click here for more)
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