Family Members Killed in Shooting in New Jersey

NATION-NOW     Four dead in Long Branch N.J. shooting county prosecutor's office     
       Four dead in Long Branch N.J. shooting prosecutor's office

A 16-year-old boy is in police custody after four people were found shot to death inside his parents' New Jersey home.

A 16-year-old boy is in custody in New Jersey after police say he gunned down his parents, sister and an elderly family friend. He reportedly began shooting just before midnight.

The Long Branch Police Department and Monmouth County prosecutor posted on their Twitter accounts early Monday that a homicide investigation is underway. The alleged shooter's grandfather and younger brother were unharmed. He will also be charged with the posession of a weapon for an unlawful objective, according to the county's prosecutor, Chris Gramiccioni.

"Thankfully, it was uneventful", prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni told reporters about the teen's arrest.

"It didn't require any force". He said the teen will be charged as an adult with four counts of murder and one count of possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, the New York Daily News reports.

The rifle used in the shooting was legally registered to a resident of the house, Mr Gramiccioni said.

Authorities say he is expected to be charged as an adult with four counts of murder and one count of possession of a weapon for an unlawful objective. Grammiccioni says officials don't know of a motive for the killings.

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