A 14-year-old boy in Alabama called police to report all five members of his family had been shot and then confessed to the crime, officials said Tuesday, Sept. 3.
The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office said that deputies responded to a 911 call by the 14-year-old in Elkmont early Tuesday morning, according to WAFF-TV.
When deputies arrived, they found one adult and two minors dead at the scene. Another adult and minor were airlifted to a hospital in critical condition and later died.
The sheriff’s department said the teen who called to report the violence initially said he was downstairs in the home when he heard gunshots on the home’s upper floor. A short time later, he had confessed to shooting his father, stepmother, and siblings in their home.
He was helping investigators Tuesday morning to find the gun, which he said was a 9 mm handgun he “tossed nearby,” the Sheriff’s Office said.
Officials did not identify the victims or the teen. It’s unclear if authorities have a motive for the slayings.
UPDATE: The two subjects in critical condition have died. The 14-year old caller was interviewed and confessed to shooting all five members of his family in the residence. He is currently assisting investigators in locating the weapon, a 9mm handgun that he said he tossed nearby.
— Limestone Sheriff (@LimestoneCoSO) September 3, 2019