LONG BRANCH, NJ — A 16-year-old is accused of fatally shooting both of his parents, his sister, and a family friend with a semi-automatic weapon on New Year’s Eve.
The shooting occurred at the family home in Long Branch, New Jersey, at around 11:45 P.M. The suspect has not been named by authorities because he is a minor, but he has been identified by the media as Scott Kologi, and is described as being autistic.
The victims have been identified as the suspect’s parents, 42-year-old Steven Kologi and 44-year-old Linda Kologi; his sister, 18-year-old Brittany Kologi; and a 70-year-old family friend, Mary Schultz, who may have been his grandfather’s partner.
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The teen was reportedly taken into custody without incident. He will be charged as an adult with four counts of murder and one count of unlawful possession of a weapon.
A Century Arms semi-automatic rifle that the teen used in the shooting was found in the home, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said. The firearm was legally registered to a resident of the house, police say.
Monmouth County Prosecutor Chris Gramiccioni described the shooting as an isolated domestic incident, and said that investigators do not believe that members of the public are in immediate danger. No motive has been released.
According to the prosecutor, the teen’s grandfather and brother, Steven Kologi, Jr., were in the home — and were left unharmed. Steven took to social media in the wake of the tragedy stated that the elder Steven and Linda were “the greatest parents I could ask for…. I cannot even describe the type of people they were so just believe me when I say how great they were.”
“As for my sister she was so beautiful and smart,” Steven Jr. wrote. “I just wish I could tell all of them how much they meant to me and how much I truly loved each and every one of them because I didn’t do that enough.”
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Main photo: Crime scene at the home in Long Branch where a shooting took place on New Year’s Eve [ABC 7 (screenshot)]