Fairbanks teen shot dead 3 of his siblings before killing himself, soldiers say – Anchorage Daily News

by Anchorage Daily News

updated: 9 hours ago Posted: 13 hours ago

The agency said Alaska state forces found four dead children in a Fairbanks home this week in what appeared to be a murder and suicide.

Troops received a report of a shooting at a home in the Fairbanks sub-district of Skyridge Drive on Tuesday afternoon, the agency wrote in Online Report.

When the soldiers arrived, the report said, they found four children dead from gunshot wounds. Soldiers said they also found three other uninjured children in the house.

According to the soldiers, a 15-year-old boy shot three of his brothers before shooting and killing himself. Soldiers said the teen was found dead with what they determined was a gunshot wound.

Troops spokesman Tim Despin said all seven children found in the home are siblings.

DeSpain said the three siblings the soldiers believed were shot dead by the 15-year-old were aged 5, 8 and 17.

The soldiers said that the children’s parents were not home at the time of the shooting. The children’s bodies were sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office, and the soldiers wrote that the Children’s Services Bureau had been notified of the incident.

Clinton Bennett, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Family and Community Services, under which the office is located, told The Associated Press by email that the office “will not provide any information due to rules and regulations that imply the confidentiality of all those involved in specific cases.”

Bennett also wrote that the office “will not provide any information relating to a case with an open investigation.”

DeSpain said the firearm used in the incident was a family pistol, but he had no further information on how to access it or whether it was secured. He said this was all part of the ongoing investigation.

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