Boy, 16, jailed for 24 years for shooting schoolboy, 15, in face hours after playing violent Blood Trail game

Boy, 16, jailed for 24 years for shooting schoolboy, 15, in face hours after playing violent Blood Trail game

A teen who shot his friend in the face with a shotgun then claimed he would "probably kill again" has been jailed for 24 years.

16-year-old Jacob Talbot-Lummis lay in wait for the victim, 15, as he walked to school on September 7, 2020, before "calmly" shooting him from less than 5ft away.

He then jumped in his dad's car, which he stole, and fled the scene in Kesgrave, near Ipswich, as his friend lay critically injured in a pool of blood.

The victim was left with "devastating and life-changing" injuries and is "partially paralysed" from the incident.

After the shooting, as his mum repeatedly screamed "what have you done?" at the boy, he showed her the double barrelled shotgun with a "smug and righteous" look on his face.

After he was finally arrested two hours later, he chillingly told officers: "I've done what I wanted to do, as scummy as it is."

The teen, who was today unmasked for the first time, was today, November 1, jailed for 24 years with a further five years on licence after being convicted of attempted murder.

His victim's mum wept during the sentencing hearing as the court heard how the teen "ruthlessly executed" his "savage plan".

It also emerged the shooter had been playing bloody virtual reality game "Blood Trail" just hours before the brutal shooting.

The game - described by makers as the "most violent game in VR" - centres around a contract killer massacring a cult using an arsenal of weapons.

The court was told how the boy hatched the gruesome plot around a year before the shooting on September 7 last year.

On the day the schools reopened after lockdown, he "set out to kill" the boy after being subjected to a "low level" of bullying.

The game-obsessed teen then took his grandfather’s double-barrelled shotgun and drove to a quiet cul-de-sac in his dad's car.

He lay in wait for more than hour before shooting his former friend at close range in the side of his face.

The victim recalled hearing a bang and saw the gunman standing nearby looking "calm and collected and not bothered".

Horrified witnesses revealed how he stood watching the carnage with "no sense of urgency" and "appeared to have all day".

Sentencing, Judge Martyn Levett said: "The manner in which you planned and committed these offences shows me you are a dangerous offender.

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"You had an obsession with all types of lethal firearms and were entrenched in watching violent video games online."

"It was a premeditated shooting and there was an intention to kill. It was not unthinking or impulsive behaviour."

At a previous hearing, the court was told he made a string of harrowing remarks while playing Jenga at a secure unit after the attack.

When asked what he would do if he left the unit, the boy replied: "Probably kill again."

In another discussion, the defendant was asked what he would like to do "later in life".

He chillingly replied: "I will probably be inside until I'm 40 and I would like to be famous for chemical warfare."

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