Raging Xbox Player Accused of Firing Real Handguns in His Bedroom, Hitting Family Home Across the Street

Casey L. Jones
Casey L. Jones, aged 30, is accused of firing more than a dozen shots into the ceiling and walls of a bedroom in a rage. Knox County Detention Facility

A Tennessee man has been charged after allegedly flying into a rage over a video game he was playing and firing bullets from real handguns in his bedroom.

Casey L. Jones, aged 30, is accused of firing more than a dozen shots into the ceiling and walls of the room. At least one of the rounds hit a residence across the street while a family of three was at home, the Knoxville News Sentinel first reported, citing an arrest warrant.

There were no injuries in the incident, but Jones was charged with four counts of reckless endangerment involving a deadly weapon. He was arrested and released on $8,000 bond. The incident was reported at just after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday in North Knox County.

The home is on the 5100 block of Magic Lantern Drive. A woman who was in the residence at the time reportedly told police officers that there had been no trouble prior to the shots.

The arrest warrant stated: “She stated that no argument had taken place, but the arrestee was playing Xbox when he suddenly had a breaking point and began screaming at the game. He smashed the gaming console with his fist, causing him to act out in more rage.

"The victim then told officers [Jones] went upstairs to the bedroom and began firing rounds through the ceiling and walls, but never pointed the firearm at her. The arrestee made threats of harming himself and has a history of making those same threats, according to the victim."

The woman in the home was not named by the sheriff's department. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, citing the warrant, police found 16 shell casings in the bedroom.

The news outlet reported that Jones admitted to investigators that he had used a Springfield XDS handgun to fire some bullets into the ceiling. He then used a separate gun—a Springfield XDM—and fired more bullets into the surrounding walls. One of those bullets flew through a window and struck the family home. Two weapons were seized by law enforcement.

It remains unknown what game Jones was playing. He will appear in court on November 14.

In September, a New York man was arrested after allegedly threatening to kill an 11-year-old boy who beat him at Fortnite, an online multiplayer game in the battle royale genre.

Michael Aliperti, 45, of Long Island, was detained by Suffolk County Police after allegedly telling the child he “would cause him pain [and] that he would find him with a gun.” The man allegedly made threats via text and voice chat. He was charged with second-degree aggravated harassment and acting in a manner to injure a child, police said at the time.

There is no scientific consensus on the links between video gaming and real-world violence. One report this year, which brought together the findings of 24 studies, suggested that violent games may lead to a “small increase in physical aggression among adolescents and preteens,” reported Scientific American. But the author noted that the “debate is by no means over.”

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