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Albuquerque Shooting: Teenager Kills 5 People, Including 3 Children

10:32 pm - 01/20/2013
Albuquerque Shooting: Teenager Kills 5 People, Including 3 Children
By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN 01/20/13 08:30 PM ET EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A 15-year-old boy remained in custody Sunday night as detectives tried to piece together what led to the shooting of five people, including three young children, who were found dead in a New Mexico home.

The teenager was arrested on murder and other charges in connection with the shootings, which happened Saturday night at the home in a rural area southwest of downtown Albuquerque, said Lt. Sid Covington, a Bernalillo County sheriff's spokesman.

Detectives did not immediately release the victims' names, but word of the shootings traveled quickly through the law enforcement community, and officials began offering their condolences for Greg Griego, a spiritual leader known for his work with firefighters and the 13 years he spent as a volunteer chaplain at the county jail.

"Chaplin Griego was a dedicated professional that passionately served his fellow man and the firefighters of this community," Fire Chief James Breen said in a statement. "His calming spirit and gentle nature will be greatly missed."

Jail Chief Ramon Rustin said Griego was instrumental in the creation of the Metropolitan Detention Center's chaplain program and worked to get inmates integrated back into the community.

Griego also was a former member of the pastoral staff at Calvary, a Christian church in Albuquerque. As part of his work there, he oversaw the Straight Street program for jail inmates.

Covington said detectives were working to positively identify the five victims as well as the teenager's relationship to them.

"Right now we're to the meticulous points of processing the scene and collecting physical evidence, and this is a vast scene with a lot of physical evidence," Covington said.

Authorities said each victim suffered more than one gunshot wound, and several guns were found at the home, one of which was a semi-automatic military-style rifle. Investigators were trying to determine who owned the guns.

Authorities also 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.

The Associated Press is withholding the suspect's name during the initial investigation because he is a juvenile.

On Sunday, a police roadblock cut off public access to the narrow dirt road that leads to the home, which is surrounded by trees and an agricultural field on one side.

Neighbors said they saw the first police cars and ambulances arrive at the 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 about 200 yards 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."

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DISCLAIMER: It doesn't say here if the shooter was related to the victims, but this story SEEMS to have all the hallmarks of a domestic situation wherein a family member goes amok and kills all the others, using guns that were available in the home. If I'm wrong about that, the above image may not apply here.

ETA: It appears my instincts were (sadly) correct, according to an updated story I just found: "A 15-year-old boy was arrested in Saturday's shooting deaths of his parents, a brother and two younger sisters. A .22-caliber rifle and a semi-automatic military-style rifle, which were kept in the parents' closet, were used in the shootings, according to authorities." D:

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doverz 21st-Jan-2013 05:52 am (UTC)
You would think that with guns in the home, that this tragedy wouldn't have happened. Oh wait......
emofordino 21st-Jan-2013 07:10 am (UTC)
i wonder how many more people are going to have their own guns turned on them before the gun-nuts realize how stupid their logic is? unfortunately i feel like it's probably going to be a lot. :(
asrana 21st-Jan-2013 10:50 am (UTC)
"Well I know lots of people who own guns and we've never had a problem with it!"

It's exactly the same argument that my mum tried to use with me to talk me out of giving our kid his MMR - she never knew anyone who went blind/died/etc of measles. Yeah, sure, but are you telling me that you're on first-name, come-round-for-dinner terms with 10,000 families?

(N.B. not trying to derail talk of gun control talk into talk of MMR vaccine safety, just want to make the point that saying "but I don't know anyone with that problem" is something that loads of people do and it's frustrating in any situation where it's being held up as an actual meaningful argument vs Proper Science.)
ljtaylor 21st-Jan-2013 02:14 pm (UTC)
well, that and measles incidences have been reduced due to vaccinations & herd immunity < / derail >

...I won't get me started on anti-vaxxers. I completely get your argument
bowtomecha 21st-Jan-2013 11:55 pm (UTC)
She doesn't know anybody with serious issues from measles thanks to the vaccines. It seems that people interested in only their own history forget to look at the history from before.
asrana 22nd-Jan-2013 12:09 am (UTC)
...I said I didn't want to derail, but. You're not actually correct in this instance - my mum grew up in extreme poverty in Hong Kong during the 1950s. Think one stand pipe for the whole tenement block and having to boil the water before it's safe to drink. Birthday present being a new pair of shoes and maybe an egg at breakfast. They still needed bubonic plague and cholera surveillance at that time (although I don't think they still had plague outbreaks, just paranoia) - not to mention polio, malaria, etc, etc, that's why she didn't hear of anyone dying from measles growing up, people were still worrying about the bigger fish.
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