Teenage boy kills 3 siblings, himself
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A 15-year-old boy shot and killed three siblings in a home near Fairbanks and was found dead with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said Wednesday.
Alaska State Troopers said in a statement they received a report of shots being fired at a Fairbanks home on Tuesday afternoon. The report came from a neighbor, said troopers spokesman Tim DeSpain.
Responding soldiers found four children dead from apparent gunshot wounds. The children’s parents were not home when the shooting occurred, soldiers said.
Three other children were at the home and were not injured, the statement said. DeSpain said the uninjured children were all under 7, while the dead were 5, 8, 17 and 15. He said all the children were siblings.
Troopers said the state Office of Children’s Services has been notified. Clinton Bennett, spokeswoman for the state Department of Family and Community Services, to which the bureau reports, said via email that the bureau “will not provide any information due to rules and regulations involving the confidentiality of everyone involved. in specific cases”.
The bureau also will not provide “any information regarding any matter under active investigation,” Bennett wrote.
Soldiers said their investigation shows a 15-year-old boy shot three siblings and then killed himself. DeSpain said the issue of motive was part of the investigation.
The bodies were sent to the state medical examiner’s office.
DeSpain said the gun was a “family weapon, but beyond that, it’s all still part of the ongoing investigation.” He could not say if the 15-year-old had any previous interactions with law enforcement, saying that would be part of the investigation.
Fairbanks is in central Alaska, about 580 kilometers north of Anchorage.
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