An Alabama teen has been charged with five counts of murder for allegedly gunning down his father, stepmother, and three young siblings late Monday.
Speaking with WAAY, an uncle and close friend identified the shooter as Mason Sisk, 14, who killed his family members at their Elkmont home at around 10:30. Limestone County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Stephen Young identified the victims as the teen’s father and stepmother, John Sisk, 38, and Mary Sisk, 35; his half-brothers 6-year-old Kane and 6-month-old Coleson; and Aurora, his 5-year-old half-sister.
The teen reportedly called the police to the Elkmont residence on Tuesday at around 1:15 a.m. after claiming he heard gunshots upstairs. He ultimately admitted to carrying out the slayings and helped officers locate the murder weapon on the side of a nearby road, police alleged.
While police haven’t revealed a motive, Mason Sisk’s first-cousin told reportedly WVLT that he learned last week that Mary Sisk wasn’t his biological mother. The cousin also revealed that the teen began acting out a year ago—in the form of vandalizing his school and burning animals alive. However, the WVLT article appears to have been removed from their website as of Thursday afternoon.
Relatives who spoke with WAAY described Mary Sisk, a special education teacher, as the best thing to ever happen to the 14-year-old. The teen reportedly babysat his three younger siblings and had a close relationship with his father.
WHNT obtained court documents which stated that John Sisk was granted emergency custody of his son in June 2011. The boy reportedly hadn’t seen his biological mother since 2008, when he was about 3 years old. Documents stated that the biological mother died the same day the emergency order was granted.
John Sisk was scheduled to stand trial for burglary in November, according to the news station. Young confirmed the gun used in Monday’s slayings was in the Elkmont home “illegally.”
Though the murder suspect’s charged as a juvenile, Young said he could be tried as an adult based on a decision that could be made at a later date, according to People magazine.
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[Featured image: John Sisk/LinkedIn; Mary Sisk/Huntsville City Schools; Kane, Coleson, and Aurora Sisk/WHNT video screengrab]