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Alabama 14-year-old admits to killing family after first calling police about hearing gunshots

2019-09-09

A teenager called Alabama police to report that he had heard gunshots upstairs — then he confessed to killing his family when his story didn’t add up.

“Upon being confronted with some of the inconsistencies, he did admit to shooting the five family members,” Limestone County sheriff’s spokesman Stephen Young said Tuesday.

The victims are the suspect’s 6-month-old brother, 5-year-old sister and 6-year-old brother, and his 38-year-old father and 35-year-old stepmother.

Police are not releasing the boy’s name because he is juvenile.

He faces murder charges and is being held in a juvenile detention facility. He could face adult charges, including capital murder, Young said.

The 14-year-old called 911 late Monday night and told officers that he had heard shots in his home in Elkmont, a town of less than 500 near the Alabama-Tennessee border. When deputies arrived, they found three people dead at the scene and two in critical condition, according to the Limestone Sheriff’s Office.

The two wounded family members subsequently died.

At some point overnight, the teenager told police that he shot his family.

Police said he admitted to using a 9-mm. handgun and was helping investigators locate the weapon after he “tossed (it) nearby.”

The motive for the killings wasn’t immediately disclosed.

“It’s an absolutely terrible thing, and I can’t wrap my arms around it,” Elkmont Mayor Tracy Compton told The News Courier.

“Our heartfelt condolences are extended to the family, the school, the whole community. It’s just unimaginable,” said Compton, who lives near the house where the people were killed.

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