A 14-year-old boy confessed to killing all five members of his family, Alabama authorities said Tuesday.
The unidentified suspect allegedly shot and killed his father, 38-year-old John Sisk; his stepmother, Mary Sisk, 35; his 6-year-old brother; his 5-year-old sister; and his 6-month-old brother, Limestone County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Stephen Young told reporters Tuesday.
Young said that the boy is facing five counts of juvenile murder, but “pending adjudication could face adult charges of multiple counts of murder and/or capital murder.”
The slayings rocked the quiet community of Elkmont, northwest of Huntsville and not far from the Alabama-Tennessee border.
“This is a community that has a lot of healing to do right now,” Young said. “This affects all of us.”
The 14-year-old called 911 Monday evening, according to Young, and told deputies that he’d been in the basement when he heard gunshots upstairs. He said he ran out the front door, but gave very little other information to authorities, Young said.
Upon further investigation, discrepancies were found in the boy’s story and when police confronted him about the inconsistencies, he confessed to shooting all five members of his family.
Three of the victims were confirmed dead at the home in Elkmont, Alabama, and two were airlifted in critical condition and later died, the Limestone County Sheriff’s office said in a tweet.
The suspect agreed to assist authorities in finding the gun which authorities described as a 9mm handgun. The weapon was recovered Tuesday morning morning on the side of the road.
Young told reporters that the gun was in the home “illegally.” The boy is being held at a juvenile detention facility.
Karen Tucker, a spokesperson for the Limestone County School District, told reporters that additional counselors and mental health professionals would be on site for “as long as there is a need.”
The district is “deeply saddened” by the tragedy, Tucker said. “We’re concentrating our efforts in assisting the students and the faculties as well as community in dealing with this tragedy.”
SOURCE: USA Today – N’dea Yancey-Bragg; Contributing: The Associated Press