A 15-year-old boy is being charged with two counts of murder and three counts of child abuse resulting in death, reports Deputy Aaron Williamson of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department.
The name of the young criminal has not been revealed as his is a juvenile, and his motive and connection to the victims hasn’t been found out yet, Williamson said.
“We’re still in the early stages of the investigation, trying to determine, their identity and once we have everybody identified, then we’ll be able to determine whether or not there was any relationship among the deceased or the offender,” Williamson said.
The target of the shooting was a well-known local pastor and four of his relatives. Each victim had numerous wounding, reported Lt. Sid Covington of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department.
“Initially responding deputies entered the home and found the five deceased inside the residence, so obviously it was a very gruesome scene,” Covington told reporters. There was no indication of a motive so far, he said.
“It’s a large crime scene with a lot of physical evidence, and because there’s an offender in custody, we’re doing our best to be thorough and complete in gathering any potential evidence, and so we’re going slowly, methodically, through the entire residence,” Covington told CNN.
Officials didn’t name the victims, explaining that the process of formally identifying the remains was still going on, but they said the home belongs the pastor, Greg Griego, who was the chaplain for the Albuquerque Fire Department and involved in several prison ministries.
“Chaplain Griego was a dedicated professional that passionately served his fellow man and the firefighters of this community,” read a statement from Fire Chief James Breen. “His calming spirit and gentle nature will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Greg’s extended family.”
Police responded to a call Saturday around 9:15 p.m., and found multiple casualties. An assault-type rifle, along with several other weapons, were recovered at the scene, reports ABC News.
Neighbors revealed to reporters that they saw police cars and ambulances arrive at the pastor’s home Saturday night. The road was blocked and word of the shootings began to make its way through the neighborhood.
Peter Gomez, a 54-year-old carpenter who lives not far from the home, said he had seen the family – a husband and wife and their four children – pass by many times but didn’t know them personally.
“It’s a horrible thing,” Gomez said. “You see all this stuff that happens all over the country, the shootings in the schools and theaters, and then it happens right here. It’s sad.”
The news of the terrible shooting comes a few days after the U.S. president made some far-reaching proposals to help stem future episodes in mass gun violence.
Mr Obama announced 23 executive actions aimed to ensure guns don’t get into the wrong hands.
He also urged Congress to ban the sale of assault rifles as well as to limit the size of ammunition clips and require background checks for all gun sales.