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Alabama 14-year-old called police about hearing gunshots, then admitted to killing five family members

2019-09-03

A 14-year-old boy admitted to killing five members of his family in Alabama. (Isabel Slepoy / New York Daily News)

A teenager called Alabama police to report that he had heard gunshots upstairs. Then he confessed to killing his family.

The unidentified 14-year-old boy called 911 late Monday night and told officers that he had heard gunshots in his Elkmont home. When deputies arrived, they found three people dead at the scene and two in critical condition, according to the Limestone Sheriff’s Office.

The injured adult was flown to to Huntsville Hospital and the juvenile to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, according toe WAFF. Both died at the hospital.

At some point overnight, the teenager told police that he, in fact, had shot the five people, who were identified as his father, stepmother and siblings, according to the sheriff’s office.

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

It’s unclear if police have a motive for the murders.