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Authorities say a 14-year-old boy confessed to shooting five members of his own family to death in Elkmont, Alabama.
The adult victims were named by authorities as John Sisk, 38 and Mary Sisk 35. The children killed were a brother of the suspect (6 months); a sister, 5; and a brother, 6. Authorities say the gun was not in the home legally. John Sisk was the teen’s father, and Mary Sisk was his stepmother.
The Limestone County Sheriff’s Department wrote on Twitter: “Five people have been shot at a residence in the [25000 block of Ridge Rd.] in Elkmont. Three confirmed dead at the scene, two were airlifted in critical condition.” The Sheriff’s Department later posted this update: “UPDATE: The two subjects in critical condition have died. The 14-year old caller was interviewed and confessed to shooting all five members of his family in the residence. He is currently assisting investigators in locating the weapon, a 9mm handgun that he said he tossed nearby.” They added: “Investigators have recovered the handgun from the side of the road nearby where it had been tossed.”
LinkedIn/School District photoJohn Sisk and Mary Sisk were among five members of their family shot and killed in Elkmont, Alabama.
John Sisk was a car dealer tech and Mary Sisk worked as a special education teacher. The two older children were named Kane and Aurora. You can learn more about the Sisk family background here.
Authorities have not identified the suspect. Heavy has learned his name but is withholding it because he’s only facing juvenile murder charges at this time; Steve Young, spokesman for the local Sheriff’s Department, said in a news conference that the charges could be upgraded to adult court later, possibly even capital murder.
Here’s what you need to know:
The Five Family Members Included Three Siblings, Reports Say
“The offender called 911…he met deputies in the driveway and told them he had been in the basement of the home and heard gunshots from the main level of the home upstairs,” Young said in the news conference. “He said he ran out the door and there was very little other information given.” However, “discrepancies were found in his statement,” according to Young. Officials confronted him with discrepancies and he “admitted to shooting the five family members” who all lived in the residence, said Young. He then assisted officials in finding the gun. “It was illegally in the residence,” said Young.
The boy is accused of murdering his father, stepmother, and three siblings, according to WKRN-TV. A motive was not released.
Counselors were going to be available at the local high school in the wake of the shooting. “Please be in prayer for our school and community. We will have extra counselors at school today,” wrote Elkmont High School on Facebook.
The teen’s grandmother told WAAY 31 that “the deceased are the only family they have in the area. She said that she recently lived in the family’s basement.” Family members were sobbing and distraught at the scene, according to the television station. A helicopter airlifted some family members to the hospital.
A Man Who Described Himself as a Neighbor Recalled How the Boy Would Play at His House & Go to Church With Them
On Facebook, a man who identified himself as a neighbor, wrote a heartfelt post about the shootings.
“I’ve been thinking about the shooting that happened next door. About all of the people affected. About the property owners, the VFD, the neighbors watching between the mini blinds, the people who have relatives on our street, the local school,” he wrote. “This is surreal. The teenage boy used to play at our house often as a kid. He came in and played and ate snacks. We carried him to church occasionally.”
He added: “It’s hard to imagine what has happened in 14 years to come to a point that wiping out your entire family seems like the best option. Now he has no one. I’m sure he’s realized that he now has no one to console him. No one to wrap him in a hug……Ever. What if it were your grandson or nephew or your child’s playmate?”
The neighbor continued, “He’s brought this upon himself. He’s rocked a community. There’s no denying his heinous act. Who’s in his corner? Jesus. Jesus is ready to forgive. Jesus forgave me a lot of horrible things. Jesus forgave you a lot of horrible things too. Sure, there are going to be some severe consequences. The fallout will be horrendous. But, Christians are called to be like Christ. Christ who forgave those who crucified Him. When you pray for our ‘good’ neighbors, don’t forget to pray for this kid.”
Another Teenager Was Just Accused of Shooting His Father To Death Nearby
The Elkmont, Alabama shooting comes just days after a 16-year-old boy in nearby Toney, Alabama was accused of shooting his father to death after his dad asked him to clean his room. Authorities haven’t named that teenager or the 14-year-old because of their ages, according to WSFA-TV.
However, the grandparents of the Toney teen said that he allegedly killed their son Chad Wanca, 43, and wounded his 12-year-old brother.
Elkmont and Toney are only about 16 miles apart. Elkmont, Alabama is a tiny community of just over 400 people located in Limestone County, Alabama.
This post is being updated as more information is learned about the Elkmont shootings.