A New Yr’s Eve celebration was a household nightmare when an autistic 16-year-old fatally shot his father, mom, sister and his grandfather’s accomplice at their Jersey Shore residence, officers stated.
The teenager used a Century Arms semi-automatic rifle to kill his mother and father, Steven and Linda Kologi, his 18-year-old sister, Brittany, and 70-year-old Mary Schultz, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni stated.
The suspect opened fireplace lower than 20 minutes earlier than the household would have rung within the New Yr at their Lengthy Department, N.J., residence, officers stated.
Police responded inside a minute of receiving a 911 name. Officers discovered the 4 victims and arrested the 16-year-old — the youngest of 4 siblings — with out incident.
“Fortunately it was uneventful,” Gramiccioni stated of the arrest at a Monday morning press convention. “It didn’t require any drive.”
The teenager — whom the Information just isn’t figuring out due to his age — was charged as a juvenile with 4 counts of first-degree homicide and one rely of possession of a firearm for an illegal function, in response to officers. He was anticipated to make an preliminary look in courtroom tomorrow.
It’s unclear if the suspect’s case could be elevated to grownup legal courtroom, a spokesman for the prosecutor stated.
One of many teen’s brothers and his grandfather, Adrian Kologi, have been additionally within the residence on the time of the taking pictures however weren’t injured.
The shooter’s grandmother, Carole Kologi-Zawacki, was overwhelmed with grief when she heard of the killings.
“Oh my God, Oh my God, Oh my God,” Kologi-Zawacki, 66, stated from her Bradenton, Fla., residence.
Her husband, Gregory Zawacki, 63, stated the 16-year-old suspect is autistic.
“We didn’t know that they had a gun in the home,” he stated, including that the Kologis weren’t gun fanatics or hunters.
Zawacki stated his spouse spoke to the household by cellphone the opposite evening and the whole lot appeared regular.
“You possibly can hear my spouse, it was completely a shock,” he stated.
The taking pictures despatched shock waves by means of Lengthy Department, a sleepy middle-class city about an hour south of New York Metropolis. Police had cordoned off Kologis’ residence and your entire block surrounding it.
A neighbor who declined to provide his title stated Steven Kologi, 44, coached baseball.
“It’s completely out of the blue,” the neighbor stated. “He’s my son’s baseball coach, for years and years. I used to be the assistant coach. We’re simply shocked.”
Steven listed his occupation as a mailman for the U.S. Postal Service in a 2009 chapter submitting. Linda, 42, was amassing unemployment on the time, in response to the submitting. They’d 4 youngsters.
Brittany was a scholar at Stockton College in New Jersey and had returned residence for the vacations.
“Coming residence as a scholar is so complicated like do I unpack?” she wrote on her Fb web page. “Do I dwell out of a suitcase for a month? Do I simply go away the whole lot on the ground?”
Schultz and Adrian Kologi personal a house in Oakhurst, N.J., in response to information. A person who answered the door on the residence on Monday declined to speak.
With Terence Cullen