Long Branch, New Jersey, USA : 16-year-old Scott Kologi shot dead his parents, sister and a family friend on new year’s Eve, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement. Neighbors and friends say the boy was reportedly autistic and was home-schooled.
Police in Long Branch, Monmouth County, New Jersey responded to an emergency call shortly before midnight New Year’s Eve. When they arrived, they discovered four bodies inside the multi-family home, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said.
Scott Kologi, was taken into custody. He reportedly used a Century Arms “semi-automatic assault rifle” to gun down his family, the prosecutor’s office added. The rifle was reportedly legally owned by the family.
It appears that the victims were his father Steven Kologi, 44; mother Linda Kologi, 42; sister Brittany Kologi, 18; and family acquaintance, Mary Schultz, 70.
“We are confident that this is a domestic incident that is completely isolated. It’s a terribly tragic incident,” Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said.
The gunman’s brother, Steven Kologi Jr. and their grandfather, Adrian Kologi, were also in the house at the time of the incident but were unharmed, officials said.
It later emerged in the media that the teenager may have mental-health problems and is probably autistic. Veronica Mass, whose daughter grew up with Linda Kologi, told Daily News that Scott had educational disabilities. “He wasn’t getting along with the other kids. The kids were making fun of him because he couldn’t read,” she said.
Linda’s cousin, Walter Montelione, told CBC that Scott – third from right in our cover photo – did indeed have some learning disabilities. “He was a good kid. He was, a little, you know, slow with learning disabilities but he knows right from wrong,” she said.