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Boy charged with family’s slaying

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Officials do not know why the boy took a gun and shot his father, stepmother and three siblings.

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A 14-year-old Alabama boy was charged with five counts of murder in the shooting deaths of his family, including three younger children, Limestone County Sheriff’s officials said in the latest high-profile gun crime.

Details emerged yesterday, but officials do not know why the boy took a gun and shot his father, stepmother and three siblings early on Tuesday, and then threw the gun away before calling police to report that he heard gunshots.

The boy is accused of shooting his father, John Sisk, 38, a automobile repairman, stepmother Mary Sisk, 35, a teacher in Huntsville, Alabama, and three siblings who were not named by the sheriff’s office.

The children were only identified as his two stepbrothers, ages six and six months, and a five-year-old stepsister.

The shootings happened at the family home in Elkmont, Alabama.

The youth then took the 9 mm pistol and threw it away on a nearby roadside, before calling police to say he heard gunshots, officials said. It has since been found.

The boy later confessed to shooting his family, officials said.

“The 14-year-old caller was interviewed and confessed to shooting all five members of his family in the residence,” the sheriff’s office said on Twitter.

The gun used in the homicides was in the home illegally, Sheriff’s spokesman Stephen Young told the media at news conference.

It was unclear where the teenager obtained the gun.

Young did not take questions from the media.

The boy is charged as a juvenile, which means his name and other details have not been released, but a prosecutor could ask a judge to try the youth as an adult.

“Unfortunately, we are facing a tragedy on the scale we aren’t used to in Limestone County, Alabama,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. – Reuters