An Alabama teenager is now facing five counts of juvenile murder charges, that could be upgraded to adult charges, after confessing to killing five members of his family in their home. The 14-year-old, who hasn't been named, initially called police late Monday night to report hearing gunfire in the home. The actual story eventually unraveled.
The teenager initially told police he fled his home after hearing gunshots while he was in the basement, but after authorities found discrepancies in his story, the teen eventually confessed to shooting all five family members.
"He said that he ran out the door, and there was very little other information given," Limestone County Sheriff's Office spokesman Stephen Young told WAFF 48 News, adding that the teen was later taken in for questioning and "upon being confronted with some of the inconsistencies (in his story), he did admit to shooting the five family members."
The victims have been identified as the teen's father, John Sisk, 38, and his 35-year-old stepmother, Mary Sisk. His 5-year-old sister, as well as his 6-year-old brother and 6-month-old brother, were also victims.
The shooting reportedly happened at approximately 11 pm and when authorities arrived three of the victims were pronounced dead, while two were airlifted to the hospital where they also succumbed to their injuries.
UPDATE: The two subjects in critical condition have died. The 14-year old caller was interviewed and confessed to shooting all five members of his family in the residence. He is currently assisting investigators in locating the weapon, a 9mm handgun that he said he tossed nearby.— Limestone Sheriff (@LimestoneCoSO) September 3, 2019
The teenager assisted the authorities in locating the 9mm handgun that was used in the killings, after he tossed it on the side of a nearby road.
UPDATE: Investigators have recovered the handgun from the side of the road nearby where it had been tossed. https://t.co/hayOpNXq6X— Limestone Sheriff (@LimestoneCoSO) September 3, 2019
Young spoke about the tragedy in a press conference. "Unfortunately we are here to discuss a tragedy on a scale that we are not used to here in Limestone County," Young said. "It's important that you understand this is a community that has a lot of healing to do right now. This is going to have a ripple effect among family, among friends, among the local community here in the Elkmont area,” he added, saying, “This affects all of us.”
Statement from LCSO regarding Monday’s tragedy in Elkmont: pic.twitter.com/LlH7hSFFUl— Limestone Sheriff (@LimestoneCoSO) September 3, 2019
Authorities are still working to understand the teen's motive in the killings, but the community at large has been affected by the crime. Donna Ferrazas, who works at a convenience store in downtown Elkmont, told The New York Times “we are a small town and we are kind of spread out, but we all know each other,” she said. “Just from being in a small town, you go past each other every day.” She added that she had seen John Sisk and one of his son's who was a victim of the shooting the day they were killed. Mary Sisk, a teacher, had taught her daughter.
“Let’s put it this way: I have always described it as a little Norman Rockwell town,” she said. “And this has shook us.”