A 16-year-old with learning disabilities took a gun and opened fire on his family on New Years Eve, killing three family members and an acquaintance.
According to a family member, the 16-year-old boy did not attend school and stayed at home because he was autistic, where his mother gave him special assistance.
Authorities say an unknown disagreement led to the teen taking a gun and opening fire, killing his mother, father, and sister (pictured above). A 70-year-old family friend was also murdered. A brother and grandfather, who police say the teen did not target, were able to escape.
The teen reportedly used a Century Arms rifle. Some media outlets reported that he used an AK-47, but Century Arms produces a rifle that resembles the rifle. However, it is only semi-automatic, not fully automatic, and is not capable of producing the same velocity and gunfire rate as an actual AK.
A 16-year-old New Jersey boy gunned down his parents, sister and a family friend just before midnight on New Year’s Eve, turning the family home into a bloodbath that his brother and grandfather managed to escape, authorities said Monday.
The teenager fatally shot his father, mother, sister and a family friend who also lived in the Long Branch, New Jersey home, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said in a statement. He was taken into custody without incident, Gramiccioni said.
“We are confident that this is a domestic incident that is completely isolated,” Gramiccioni said. “It’s a terribly tragic incident.”
The boy’s name was not released, but the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office identified the deceased as: Steven Kologi, 44; Linda Kologi, 42; Brittany Kologi, 18; and Mary Schultz, 70. Schultz was identified as a “family acquaintance” by the prosecutor’s office.
The alleged suspect’s brother and grandfather were also at the home at the time of the shooting but were able to escape unharmed, Gramiccioni said during a Monday news conference.
The teenager is believed to have used a Century Arms “semi-automatic assault rifle” to gun down his family members and the family friend, authorities said. The gun was legally owned and registered to a family member, Gramiccioni said.
Gramiccioni declined to comment on the suspect’s motive or a possible mental disability when asked by reporters. He did say the attack was an “isolated” domestic incident.
“Thankfully, it was uneventful,” Gramiccioni said of the suspect’s arrest.
Jalen Walls went to school with Brittany Kologi and lives a few blocks away from the home. He told NJ.com that the suspected shooter was cared for by his mother as he required special assistance.
“But he was fully functional and comprehended what we were saying,” Walls told the news outlet.
The teenager is expected to be charged as an adult, officials said.
Long Branch police responded to the home at about 11:43 p.m. Sunday, Gramiccioni said.