Authorities in Alabama say a 14-year-old has confessed to killing five family members.
The slayings happened early Tuesday in Elkmont, which is about 45 miles northwest of Huntsville.
According to Huntsville TV station WAFF, the shooting victims are the 14-year-old’s father, John Sisk, 38; stepmother, Mary Sisk, 35; two brothers, ages 6 and 6 months; and sister, 5.
The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office says it has recovered the murder weapon, a 9mm handgun. The department said the gun shouldn’t have been in the home, but wouldn’t say why, Huntsville TV station WHNT said.
A motive hasn’t been disclosed.
Mary Sisk was a middle school teacher working for Huntsville City Schools. The district put out a written statement that says, in part, “We are heartbroken to learn of the tragedy involving one of our teachers, Mary Sisk, and her family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Sisk family and we ask everyone to remember them during this difficult time. The district will help Mountain Gap Middle School this week with additional counselors and other resources for any students and staff who need support during this time.”
The suspect was a Limestone County Schools high-schooler, WHNT reported.
“We are concentrating our efforts in assisting our students, faculty and community in dealing with this tragedy,” Limestone County Schools told the station.
Counselors will be available on campus “as long as there is a need.”