Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

15-year old New Mexico boy uses assault rifle to kill two adults and three children

Shooter Nehemiah Griego, age 15
A 15-year old boy entered a home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and opened fire with an assault rifle, killing two adults and three children.

From an article:

The victims' identities haven't been released, and the boy's motive and connection to the five victims weren't immediately known. Williamson said investigators were trying to determine if the victims were related. 
"We are trying to identify the victims," Williamson said. 
Each victim suffered more than one gunshot wound, he said. 
Investigators also were trying to determine who owned several guns that were found at the home, one of which was a semi-automatic military-style rifle. 
Authorities declined to release details of any conversation that the 15-year-old had with investigators. 
The teenager was booked on two counts of murder and three counts of child abuse resulting in death. 
On Sunday, a police roadblock cut off public access to the narrow dirt road that leads to the home. 
Detectives were still processing the crime scene Sunday afternoon. 
Peter Gomez, a 54-year-old carpenter who lives about 200 yards from the home, said he saw police vehicles and ambulances arrive Saturday night. 
Gomez said he doesn't know the family that lives at the house, but he has seen a married couple and their two boys and two girls from time to time. 
"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."

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/01/20/5127505/officials-nm-teen-gunman-kills.html#storylink=cpy#storylink=cpy

It doesn't say how the boy got the gun.

Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

UPDATE (1/22/13):  According to a follow-up article, the 15-year old shooter's name is Nehemiah Griego.  The adults he shot were his parents, pastor Greg Griego and his wife, Sarah Griego.  Together they had 10 children.  The three young victims, siblings of Nehemiah, are a 9-year-old boy, Zephania Griego, and girls Jael Griego, 5, and Angelina Griego, 2.

From the article:

The shooter has now been identified by Sheriff’s spokesman Aaron Williamson as 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego, the son of victim Greg Griego. The young man was arrested and booked for two counts of murder and three counts of child abuse resulting in death. All the victims received multiple gunshot wounds. 
Police also revealed the home where the victims were found belonged to Greg and Sarah Griego. Greg Griego was the chaplain for the Albuquerque Fire Department and established several prison ministries. According to information in his biography, Greg Griego and his wife, Sarah, had 10 children.

According to another

article (source), all five victims were shot in the head.

According to a different article, the shooter, after killing his family, loaded up a car with his AR-15 assault rifle and intended to go to a local Walmart to go on a mass shooting spree before dying in a shootout with police, but was instead convinced to go to a local church by a friend before surrendering.

UPDATE (1/23/13):  According to a follow-up article, the boy got the gun by raiding his parents' closet, where the guns and ammo were not apparently locked up, while his mother slept.  He killed her first, then killed his three younger siblings because they were upset, then ambushed his father when he got home from an overnight shift at a mission.  The article confirms his intent to shoot up random people at a Walmart, and to die at the hands of police, but instead he went to a church to meet his younger girlfriend.  He may have been interested in killing her parents, too.  When interviewed by the police, it became apparent to them that the boy was very wrapped up in his love of extremely violent video games.
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