A 14-year-old boy in Alabama allegedly shot and killed five of his family members days after learning his stepmother was not his biological parent, a family member said.
Daisy McCarty, the teen's first cousin, said he learned about his stepmother last week which she thinks "triggered" him.
The unidentified suspect confessed to killing his father, 38-year-old John Sisk; his stepmother, Mary Sisk, 35; his 6-year-old half brother; his 5-year-old half sister; and his 6-month-old half brother in their home in Elkmont, Alabama, Limestone County Sheriff's Office spokesman Stephen Young said.
McCarty said he started acting out less than a year ago, burning animals alive and vandalizing his school.
“I think he’s been having problems. And everybody, I don’t know why everybody didn’t just see it," McCarty said. "That’s what bothers me because they’d seen it but they didn’t do anything about it really.”
Young said that the boy is facing five counts of juvenile murder, but "pending adjudication could face adult charges of multiple counts of murder and/or capital murder."
"There are not enough words to convey the sense of loss this family is feeling at this time and there is little the rest of us can do to bring them comfort," Elkton Mayor Tracy Compton said in a statement. "We pray as a community for healing in this unprecedented situation and know that together we will persevere and eventually overcome."
The 14-year-old called 911 Monday evening, according to Young, and told deputies that he'd been in the basement when he heard gunshots upstairs. He said he ran out the front door, but gave very little other information to authorities, Young said.
Upon further investigation, discrepancies were found in the boy's story and when police confronted him about the inconsistencies, he confessed to shooting all five members of his family.
Three of the victims were confirmed dead at the home in Elkmont, Alabama, and two were airlifted in critical condition and later died, the Limestone County Sheriff's office said.
The suspect agreed to assist authorities in finding the gun which authorities described as a 9mm handgun. The weapon was recovered Tuesday morning morning on the side of the road.
Young told reporters that the gun was in the home "illegally." The boy is being held at a juvenile detention facility.