An 18-year-old Alaska teen has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder after he allegedly shot his aunt and three cousins in a horrific killing spree on Monday.
Malachi Maxon opened fire at two separate locations in Mat-Su Borough, near Anchorage, in the early hours of Monday morning, police said.
He launched the reported attack one week after he had been released from jail for family assault. He was wearing an electronic monitor while on pretrial supervision, which helped police track him down.
Officials haven’t released details of Maxon’s earlier arrest for family assault or whether it involved the aunt and cousins. The charging documents did not indicate a motive for the shootings.
Maxon first allegedly opened fire at a home near Wasilla and shot his 18-year-old cousin Cody Roehl.
Officials got a call at 3.13am about a possible suicide at the home and found Roehl shot, but still alive. He later died of his injuries at a hospital, according to an Alaska State Trooper affidavit.
After shooting his cousin, Maxon stole a white Jeep Liberty and a semiautomatic Glock pistol with a loaded magazine and was captured on home surveillance footage fleeing the residence at 3.05am, according to charging documents.
Maxon then drove to his aunt’s home on North Valley Way in nearby Palmer, where he allegedly broke in through a basement window.
Once inside he shot his aunt Kimora Buster, 43, and his two cousins Ellison Buster, seven, and Sienna Buster, 10.
Responding officers found Kimora dead on the floor, Ellison dead in his bed and Sienna injured in her bed. She was taken to a hospital where she later died, authorities said.
A six-year-old boy, only identified as AB in the documents, was found alive in bed with his brother Ellison and was not injured, spared by defective bullets. Police said they found a number defective cartridges on the floor.
‘The scene revealed spent cartridge casings outside the broken front window, and the number of bullets fired at each person appeared to be about the same, with the exception of Ellison. In the bed where Ellison and AB were found, there were several more bullet defects than there were with the other bodies that indicated Maxon was likely trying to shoot AB, who was sleeping near the wall,’ the charging documents said.
Maxon had been staying with the Buster family for a few days, according to the arrest affidavit. Documents identify Kimora as Maxon’s ‘1st aunt’.
Authorities were able to follow Maxon’s trail after arriving to the Wasilla home where they found Cody Roehl shot. A person in the home, with the initials CR, told police Maxon had been in the residence.
Troopers were able to review court records and saw he had been released from jail with electronic monitoring on November 23 for an arrest for family assault and tracked the device, leading them to the Palmer home.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Marlene Lenthang; The Associated Press