|American teenage killer plans to kill more: report
A teenager accused of fatally shooting his parents and three siblings in the US state of New Mexico had allegedly intended to go to a populated area to murder more people, US media reported on Monday.
Nehemiah Griego, 15, said that after the killings Saturday at his home in a rural area southwest of Albuquerque, New Mexico, he reloaded the weapons so that he could drive to a populated area to murder more people, according to FOX News, Xinhua news agency reports.
"Nehemiah stated he wanted to shoot people at random and eventually be killed while exchanging gunfire with law enforcement," according to the report.
Griego told police he had been plagued by "suicidal and homicidal thoughts," Fox News reported, quoting a sworn affidavit provided to prosecutors by the arresting officer.
Griego, who was arrested following the shootings, remained in custody Monday on charges of murder and child abuse resulting in death.
The victims were identified as Greg Griego, 51, who had been a pastor; his wife, Sarah Griego, 40, who home-schooled their children; Zephania Griego, 9; Jael Griego, 5; and Angelina Griego, 2.
Authorities said each victim suffered more than one gunshot wound, and several guns were found at the scene, one of which was a semiautomatic, military-style rifle.
The teen allegedly shot his mother early Saturday while she was sleeping after they had had a minor disagreement Friday. He then allegedly shot his 9-year-old brother, who was sleeping in the same bed, and his two siblings in another room. He waited several hours for his father to return at 6 a.m., allegedly killing him with multiple shots.
Griego initially told police he came home early Saturday after being at a friend's house for several days and found his family dead in the locked home. But police say his story quickly unraveled and he confessed.
Police are yet to determine the motive behind the killings, and District Attorney Kari Brandeburg's office will weigh whether to prosecute the 15-year-old as an adult or minor, according to the report.