According to the police report as cited by the publication, a man named Christopher Giles, whom law enforcement described as a "single, lonely and disturbed" individual, traveled 11 hours from Albuquerque, New Mexico to the couple's home in Austin, Texas where he planned to kill Free, Variety reports.
The intruder was allegedly attempting to murder Slow Mo Guys creator Gavin Free, who is in a long-term relationship with fellow US YouTuber and cosplayer Meg Turney - a woman Giles had allegedly "developed a fondness" for.
Police said Giles broke into the premises at 3:40 a.m. CT on January 26, and the incident was captured on surveillance cameras. Austin Police officers confronted Giles as he drove away, hearing a gunshot from the vehicle and returning fire. Variety reported that, according to the affidavit, one note read: "I want Gavin Free to die alone, with no children".
The 23-year-old had more than a thousand notes on his phone about the YouTube personalities, which police say contained "threatening thoughts" about Mr Free. A search warrant was served on Giles's apartment a couple of days after the incident occurred.
Turney reiterated Free sentiments in a separate tweet. Police found messages on Giles' phone suggesting that he wanted to harm Gavin speficically. Giles then opened fire at the officers, and was shot dead. Authorities believe that his obsession for Turney turned into a resentment of Gavin Free, who is also a YouTube star with 10 million subscribers. Turney has since left to start her own Youtube channel, now sitting at 300,000 subscribers, while Free is now still a big part of the company.More news: WGN's Ryan Burrow on shooting death of Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer
When officers responded, they found a sedan with a New Mexico license plate backing out of the driveway. The warrant says his fatal gunshot wound might have been self-inflicted, based on preliminary findings from the Travis County medical examiner's office.
Andrew has been in love with video game ever since his brother was forced by their parents to let him watch him and his friends play games like Goldeneye and Super Mario 64. "It's been a rough time for Meg and myself the last few weeks but we are doing ok".
Megan tweeted, "Thank y'all so, so much for each and every kind message today and a special thank you to the @Austin_Police for their quick response that night and their ongoing support during this hard time".
Thank y'all so, so much for each and every kind message today and a special thank you to the @Austin_Police for their quick response that night and their ongoing support during this hard time.