Pipe Bomb Attack Blamed on a "Video Game Community"

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An alarming attack on a home in New Jersey, in which several pipe bombs were thrown through windows, has ended with the targeted family blaming the incident on involvement in a "video game community".

Two pipe bombs were thrown into the house in Monroe, NJ, both of which exploded, with a third being tossed inside just as police were arriving on the scene.

"...we hid in the closet because then we heard another explosion", Jeanne Bezerra, one of the victims, told CBS. "While we were on the phone with 911 the fire alarms went off and the emergency person was telling us to leave the house, but we said we think we're under attack, and we're afraid if we leave the house we are going to get shot."

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Police quickly arrested three men - Michael and Jonathan Cavallo, and Matt Debski - and after finding a further eight pipe bombs, all three are facing 21 charges each.

The Bezerra family believe the motivation for the attack was "their oldest son's involvement in a video game community". It'll be interesting to see just what kind of community it is, given the extreme nature of the attack.

N.J. Family's Home Attacked By Series Of Pipe Bombs; Suspects May Be Linked To Gaming Community [CBS New York]

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lukeplunkett
Luke Plunkett

People's knee-jerk defences here are interesting. I mean, what if it IS to do with a community? Maybe the kid is in a clan, or a guild, or just plays a game regularly with people and has a history of shitty things happening.

This isn't his parents blindly lashing out at video games in general, they're singling out a specific community they know he's involved in.