A threat to break an Xbox led a 19-year-old to shoot his older brother in the West Seattle apartment they share. “That’s the only thing I got that I love,” the suspect allegedly told police.
One West Seattle brother is in jail and the other in the hospital after a fight over an Xbox ended in a shooting.
Police and prosecutors allege Rony S. Miranda-Guity, 19, shot his 25-year-old brother, Luis Martinez-Guity, in the chest Sunday night after the older sibling hit the younger one and threatened to break his video-game system.
Miranda-Guity told detectives after his arrest that he reacted without thinking after his brother disrespected him, touched him and tried to grab his Xbox, according to charging documents.
“Like, that’s the only thing that I got that I love,” Miranda-Guity told police, according to documents filed in King County Superior Court on Wednesday charging him with first-degree domestic-violence assault.
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Miranda-Guity was at the apartment the two brothers share in the 4800 block of California Avenue Southwest on Sunday night when his brother came home, according to the charges. The victim insulted Miranda-Guity, then slapped him on the neck and picked up the Xbox as if to break it, the charging documents allege.
Miranda-Guity said he told his older brother that he “did not want to shoot him but that he would defend himself,” charging papers allege. He then shot his brother in the chest with a .25-caliber handgun, prosecutors say.
Martinez-Guity left the apartment to seek help and a neighbor called police.
Martinez-Guity underwent surgery at Harborview Medical Center and was listed in serious condition in the intensive-care unit, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Prosecutors said he is expected to survive.
Police said the younger brother did not have any visible injuries, the charges say.
Prosecutors claim there is a history of assaults between the two brothers that were never reported to police.
Miranda-Guity is being held in King County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 8.