Juvenile Utah Boy Held in Murder of His Family

4 dead, 1 injured in Friday night shooting
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2020 7:21 AM CST
Juvenile Boy in Custody After Murder of Utah Family
Police investigate after four people were killed and a fifth person was injured in a shooting at a Grantsville, Utah, home Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. The suspected shooter was taken into custody by Grantsville police.   (Steve Griffin/The Deseret News via AP)

A Utah family is shattered after a Friday night shooting that left four members dead, one injured, and a teenage boy charged with firing the weapon that inflicted the carnage, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. Police haven't made identifications or clarified relationships, but say all involved lived at the residence in Grantsville. Dead are two girls, a boy, and a woman. Police say that an unrelated person stopped by the house Friday evening only to encounter the suspect and surviving family member.

"That person was completely unrelated to the scene, completely unrelated to all the subjects involved and arrived at the scene for a completely different matter and was asked to assist by driving to the hospital," says Grantsville Police Cpl. Rhonda Fields. Once at the hospital, the suspect was taken into custody without incident; the AP notes that he's been charged as a juvenile and faces 10 charges, including aggravated homicide. As for a motive, Fields says, "we don't have any of that." Police have yet to interview the surviving family member, who is in stable condition and expected to survive. (More mass murder stories.)

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