Gamer drove 1,700 miles ‘to shoot teen over row – before killing himself’

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A man allegedly drove 1,700 miles to kill a teenager before returning home and shooting himself – over a gaming dispute.

Matthew Thane, 18, was shot and killed just before 6am outside him home in the city of Flower Mound, Texas, the US on Wednesday morning.

A police official said the suspect, wearing a helmet and jeans, set a propane tank on fire outside Matthew’s house on Green Meadow Lane to lure him outside before shooting him.

The 23-year-old alleged gunman was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound that evening as SWAT officers moved in to arrest him around 11pm in Pleasanton, California.

A search of his home uncovered evidence connecting him to the killing, according to police.

Flower Mound police Capt. Shane Jennings said officials are probing whether the killing was relating to an online gaming dispute, The Mercury News reports.

A look at mobile phone data shows he made the trip to Texas and back – more than 3,000 miles in total – within 72 hours.

A GoFundMe online fundraiser has since been set up for Matthew’s family.

Its description reads: “Matthew never failed to put a smile on someone’s face and brighten their day.

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“He was such a unique character, one of a kind. Let’s come together and support his family in this time of need.”

It has so far raised more than $16,000 (£12,218).

Matthew was known as “JPN” or “Japan” in the gaming community, and played Call of Duty.

The teenager also had a Twitch channel, where gamers livestream and watch others.

The suspect’s identity and official cause of death will be confirmed after the Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau release.

For confidential support call the Samaritans in the UK free on 116 123 or visit a local Samaritans branch.

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