A 16-year-old boy is in custody after four people, including his parents and sister, were shot to death on New Year’s Eve in a Long Branch, New Jersey home, authorities said Monday.
Officers responded to a 911 call about shots fired at the home about 15 minutes before midnight on Sunday, according to a news release from Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
The bodies of 42-year-old Linda Kologi, 44-year-old Steven Kologi, 18-year-old Brittany Kologi and Mary Schultz, a 70-year-old friend who lived with the family, were found inside.
Authorities said the teen – who they did not immediately name – was taken into custody without incident. It’s unclear whether anyone else was in the house at the time of the shooting.
Investigators believe a “Century Arms semiautomatic rifle” was used in the deadly shooting, according to the news release.
The circumstances surrounding the killings – including the motive – were unclear.