US teenager kills five family members in Alabama shooting
Three died at the scene and two later in hospital in latest high-profile gun crime
Shooting occurred in town of Elkmont in Alabama
A 14-year-old American boy shot and killed five family members at their home in Alabama, before throwing away the pistol and calling police, officials said on Tuesday, in the latest high-profile gun crime.
The shooting occurred on Monday night in the town of Elkmont, a spokesman for the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office told media, including an ABC affiliate.
The sheriff’s office said five people were shot, with three dying at the scene and two later in hospital. “The 14-year old caller was interviewed and confessed to shooting all five members of his family in the residence,” it said on Twitter.
“He is currently assisting investigators in locating the weapon, a 9mm handgun that he said he tossed nearby.”
It was unclear where the teenager obtained the gun.
Amid renewed national debate, US president Donald Trump said at the weekend background checks on gun purchasers would not have prevented recent violence. – Reuters