Killer Boy Reloaded 8 Times

Investigators still stunned by 8-year-old's killing of his dad and neighbor
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2008 2:40 AM CST
The house in Arizona where an 8-year-old confessed he shot dead his father and father and another man.   (AP Photo/Dana Felthauser)
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(Newser) – An 8-year-old killer methodically stopped and reloaded a .22 caliber rifle at least eight times as he repeatedly shot his own dad and a neighbor, the New York Times reports. Investigators have discovered no motive for the disturbing murders last week. The Arizona boy, who confessed to the shootings, appears to have suffered no physical or sexual trauma. 

“That’s what makes this case somewhat puzzling,” said the local police chief. “Our goal is to get him help.” Psychologists say children may not comprehend the finality of death. The boy was used to handling weapons and had been taught by his father to hunt . He appeared in court yesterday as hundreds attended his father's funeral. "He's a scared little kid," his attorney said. "He was yanked out of a comfortable situation."