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Gunman targeted YouTube couple in home invasion

14 February 2018

Court records say a New Mexico man drove to Austin, Texas, late last month with a plan to harm two YouTube celebrities with whom he had become obsessed.

KVUE reports that at close to 3:40 a.m. on January 26, YouTube vlogger Meg Turney dialed 911 and told a dispatcher that she heard a gunshot and glass breaking coming from her Austin home, off of the 4500 block of Avenue G. Her boyfriend, fellow YouTube vlogger, Gavin Free, was in the home as well when they heard someone entering the residence through the back door. A gun was allegedly fired from Giles' vehicle, leading to officers returning fire.

Police found notes on Giles' phone recording threatening thoughts, particularly towards Free. He fired a gun both inside and outside the home while the couple hid in a closet, but Free and Turney were not injured, Austin police have said. Giles was killed, and the Travis County medical examiner has not determined whether the wound was self-inflicted. Police arrived within 10 minutes and the man was fatally shot in the couple's driveway.

The couple hid in a closet and updated the 911 dispatcher as Giles, 23, rooted through their home looking for the pair.

Her British boyfriend, 29, co-hosts a YouTube video series of slow-motion videos entitled The Slow Mo Guys.

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Police described Giles as being a "single, lonely and disturbed", individual. They said security footage shows him searching the home for the residents, a gun in his hand.

The man, who police later discovered had driven eleven hours from Albuquerque, New Mexico, turned out to be a deranged fan of Turney, a popular vlogger and video game streamer with over 340K subscribers.

Investigators later found that Giles had "developed a fondness" for 30-year-old Turney, but despised Free. "Hey everyone. I just wanted to say thanks for all the support and concern regarding the recent incident", he wrote. I want to give a huge thanks to @Austin_Police for the incredible response time.

Ms Turney added: "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".

Gunman targeted YouTube couple in home invasion