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11/08/2008 National


An 8-year-old boy shot his father and another man in Arizona Wednesday according to the New York Times and the USA Today.

The USA Today article talks about the circumstances of the crime and events leading up to it. It talks about how the boy’s father Vincent Romero talk to their priest about teaching the boy how to shoot a gun. According to the article the boy shot the two men after what clearly was premeditation. According to Arizona law anyone 8 or over can be charged with murder. The article mentions that police are looking into possible abuse of the child but that no instances were reported.

The New York Times article focused mainly on the community’s reaction to the crime. The town of St. Johns Arizona with 4,000 people. It also talked about how the boy was likely abused. It also strangely referred to everyone as Mr. and Ms.