Cops: Teen Killed Parents, Sister, Friend in NYE Shooting

16-year-old arrested after shooting at NJ home
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2018 11:04 AM CST
Cops: Teen Killed Parents, Sister, Friend in NYE Shooting
Authorities say the teen was arrested without incident.   (Pixabay)

A 16-year-old is in custody after a horrific shooting just before midnight New Year's Eve in a Jersey Shore town. Police say the teen, armed with a semi-automatic rifle, killed his parents, Steven and Linda Kologi; 18-year-old sister Britanny Kologi; and Mary Schultz, a 70-year-old family friend who lived with them in Long Branch, reports. Authorities say the teen's brother and grandfather survived unharmed after leaving the home. The shooting is being treated as an isolated domestic violence incident, police say. There was no history of domestic violence calls to the home, according to prosecutors.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni says the teen was arrested after a 911 call was received from inside the home at 11:43pm. He said the arrest was "uneventful" and didn't require the use of force. He said the teen will be charged as an adult with four counts of murder and one count of possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, the New York Daily News reports. "It's a terribly tragic incident," Gramiccioni told reporters early Monday. Neighbors say that the 16-year-old didn't go to the same public schools as his siblings and was cared for by his mother because he needed special assistance, but he was "fully functional." Gramiccioni says officials don't know of a motive for the killings. (More New Jersey stories.)

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