Three children and two adults were shot to death inside an Albuquerque, New Mexico home last night, according to ABC News and local news station KOB-TV 4. A young male, reported to be 15 years old by KOB-TV 4, has been arrested and charged with murder and child abuse resulting in death. Each victim suffered more than one gunshot wound, reports Fox News. According to the latest information from the Daily Mail, one of the victims was identified as Gregory Griego, the alleged shooter's father and a former pastor at the Calvary Albuquerque church.
KOB-TV 4 also reports that police believe the gunman used an AR-15 semi-automatic type rifle in the shooting. That weapon, as well as several others, were recovered at the scene. The motive for the shooting, as well as the relation between the shooter and the victims, is still unclear. Deputy Aaron Williamson of the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department told ABC News:
We're still in the early stages of the investigation, trying to determine, their identity and once we have everybody identified, then we'll be able to determine whether or not there was any relationship among the deceased or the offender.
Final identifications of the victims are currently under way.
With the five people killed last night, the gun-related death toll in the state of New Mexico rises to 12 since the Newtown shooting in Connecticut, according to Slate. The national gun-related death count since the Newtown shooting now rises to 1,053, including 58 teenagers and 17 children. Of all these post-Newtown shootings, this appears to be first reported shooting alleged to involve an assault-style weapon.