An Alabama teenager allegedly killed five members of his family after learning that his stepmother wasn’t his biological parent, a family member said.
The teen’s cousin Daisy McCarty told WAFF-TV she believes that revelation led to the slayings, which happened Monday in the north Alabama town of Elkmont.
The suspect, 14, killed his father John Sisk, 38, stepmother, Mary Sisk, 35 and two brothers aged 6 and six-months-old and a sister, 5.
Deputies were called by the 14-year-old suspect on Monday night, who initially said he was downstairs in the home’s basement when he heard gunshots on the home’s upper floor.
He later confessed to the killings and assisted police in recovering a weapon from the family home.
McCarty told the station the youth learned about his stepmother last week.
‘He didn’t know any different of who his mom was. And they just recently told him, and I think that’s really what triggered the little boy, to be honest with you.
The youth also had been acting out in recent months by burning live animals and breaking into his school, she said.
The suspect’s father was free on $15,000 bond after being arrested earlier this year on a felony charge of having a gun during a burglary, court records show.
Authorities haven’t released any information about the weapon used in the killings, other than that it was in the home illegally.
The suspect, who was not named because he is a juvenile, is currently charged with five counts of juvenile murder and is being held in a juvenile detention facility.
The horrific slayings happened at the 2,500 block of Ridge Road in Elkmont early Tuesday morning.
Police confirmed that the handgun which was used was illegally held at the residence.
Mary Sisk, originally from New Orleans, was a special education teacher for Huntsville City Schools, according to a biography on the website of Mountain Gap Schools.
She wrote: ‘I am happily married with a great husband and four beautiful children. I am originally from New Orleans and really miss the food!
‘I am currently working on furthering my education with the support of my amazing family!.’
John Sisk had a number of jobs, including at a Harley Davidson shop and had graduated from a cosmetology school in Madison, WAFF48 reported.
The school’s director Nata Townsend said: ‘I first met John in 2011. He graduated from Paul Mitchell the School in 2012.
‘At that time I had the opportunity to be his teacher. He was an incredible student. He was liked by all his classmates. Wonderful at everything he put his mind to.’
‘He was a part of our advanced program and even made the dean’s list nationwide with all Paul Mitchell schools,’ said Townsend.
Townsend claimed she knew Sisk’s wife Mary, who Limestone County sheriff’s deputies say was killed at their house on Ridge Road in Elkmont.
‘I did get to meet Mary several times. She was so supportive of John and his career and anything he wanted to do. She came in and let him work on her hair,’ said Townsend.
Sheriff Mike Blakely said the teen confessed after he was questioned by detectives.
It’s unclear if authorities have a motive for the slayings, WAFF48 reported. The incident happened around 10:30pm Monday night.
Around 1.15 am, Young claimed that deputies were called to the scene by the teen.
At a press conference on Tuesday afternoon Young said: ‘The offender called 911 at approximately 11pm Monday evening.
‘He met deputies in the driveway and told them that he had been in the basement of the home and heard gunshots from the main level of the home upstairs
‘At that time he said that he ran out the door and there was very little information given.
He claimed several discrepancies were found in his statements that Sheriff Blakely and an investigator brought him here to the office to interview him
He added: ‘Upon being confronted with some of the inconsistencies he did admit to shooting the five family members.’
Young claimed the tragedy was on a scale that ‘we’re not used to here in Limestone County Alabama.’
He added: ‘It is important that you understand that this is a community that has a lot of healing to do right now.
‘This is going to have a ripple effect among family, among friends , among the local community in the Elkmont area and among all of our residents.’
He said the suspect could face adult charges of multiple counts of murder and possibly capital murder pending the adjudication process.
He said the boy cooperated with investigators and assisted police in showing them where he dumped the weapon, authorities said.
News of the shocking shootings have rocked the small town of Elkmont.
The suspect had attended Elkmont High School, which stated that counselors would be hand to help those affected by the shooting.
In a Facebook post it said: ‘Please be in prayer for our school and community. We will have extra counselors at school today.’
The shootings occurred in a small, one-story home on a large lot near a residential street.
Elkmont, a town of fewer than 500 residents just south of the Tennessee border, is about a 45-minute drive northwest of Huntsville, Alabama.
A Limestone County School District spokeswoman confirmed the boy attended Elkmont High School and said support would be made available.
‘Limestone County Schools is deeply saddened by the tragic event,’ Karen Tucker said at the conference.
‘We are concentrating our efforts in assisting our students, faculty and community in dealing with this tragedy.
‘Additional school counselors and Limestone County Health Department Counselors are on site. These individuals will be available for as long as there is a need.’
Elkmont Mayor Tracy Compton told The News Courier the shootings ‘were a terrible thing’ and he was struggling to understand what happened.
He said: ‘Our heartfelt condolences are extended to the family, the school, the whole community. It’s just unimaginable,’ said Compton, who resides near the crime scene.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Leah McDonald