Two Georgia teens are dead after a game of Pokémon Go takes a turn for the worst. According to friends and family, Matthew Davis and Herbert Clarke had been playing the augmented reality game when they ended up in Buford, a suburban neighborhood of Atlanta. The two players, accompanied by a friend Gerald Jenkins, were approached by Travis Smith, who was also playing the same game. “We all were trying to catch Pokémons at the same place when an argument broke out. Matt caught the Pokémon and that did not sit too well with the other guy. Before you know it got loud and we try to run because we could tell this guy was out of it, while we were running, he fired a few shots. I didn’t get shot. Both of my friends did. I can’t believe this happened. We just wanted to be the best at the game” say Jenkins.
Witnesses immediately called local police who were able to apprehend Smith, a three time convicted felon. Travis Smith, 38, is currently be held in Gwinnett County Jail. He has been charged with two counts of second degree murder. Bail has been denied for the suspect. Smith has been on parole for 3 years after serving 10 years in state prison for the rape of a 16 year old girl.
Pokémon Go was released this month and has surpassed the Candy Crush Saga app as the most downloaded game for mobile device gamers. The game allows players to capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, who appear on phone and tablet screens as if in the real world by using GPS and the camera of of the wireless device. The game has caused several cases of robbery since it is easy to determine other players location.