The Jersey Shore teen who killed four people on New Year’s Eve — including his mother, father and sister — pumped multiple bullets into the victims at close range, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Scott Kologi, 16, is accused of opening fire inside his home in Long Branch, N.J., 20 minutes before the clock struck midnight.
Wielding a semi-automatic rifle, the autistic teen killed his parents, Steven and Linda Kologi, his 18-year-old sister, Brittany, and his grandfather’s partner, Mary Schultz, 70, prosecutors said.
“This is a heartbreaking family tragedy,” said Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni.
“The unfortunate and sad reality is that (in) this case, we seek justice for the remaining family members of those that died,” he added. “The sad fact is justice is likely going to involve serious punishment for yet another family member.”
Scott Kologi was charged as a juvenile with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose.
The suspect was expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday but it was postponed a day as a judge considered a media request to open it to the public.
Gramiccioni said his office will seek to try Kologi as an adult.
Three people, including one of the gunman’s brothers and their grandfather, escaped the home unhurt, prosecutors said.
Kologi was arrested at the blood-soaked scene without incident.
—New York Daily News
Rat on a plane: Alaska Airlines flight out of Oakland canceled due to rodent
OAKLAND, Calif. — A rat discovered in the cockpit of an Alaska Airlines flight at Oakland International Airport on Tuesday grounded the aircraft and left passengers scrambling for alternative travel plans.
Flight 915 was scheduled to depart Oakland at 9:15 a.m. local time for Portland, however the 110 passengers were pulled off the plane due to the rodent problem, said airport spokeswoman Keonnis Taylor.
“An Alaska Airlines aircraft departing Oakland International Airport was cancelled today due to reports of a mouse in the cockpit of the aircraft,” Taylor said in an email. “The flight’s 110 passengers are being accommodated as appropriate by Alaska Airlines flights from San Francisco and San Jose airports.”
Alaska Airlines released a statement calling the stowaway rodent a rat, saying it was spotted as passengers were boarding the plane around 8:30 a.m.
“That’s when a rat was spotted jumping from the jet way to inside the aircraft,” the airline said in an email. “Any passengers onboard the aircraft were deplaned.”
Most passengers found new flights Tuesday, with some having to wait until Wednesday morning.
“The plane is currently out of service,” Alaska Airlines said. “It will be returned to operations once it’s certified rodent-free by a professional exterminator. The aircraft will also be thoroughly inspected to ensure no damage has been done.”
—East Bay Times
Airstrikes on northwest Syria kill 7 civilians, partially destroy museum
BEIRUT — Intensified airstrikes on the rebel-held province of Idlib in northwest Syria have killed at least seven civilians and partially destroyed a museum, a monitor said late Tuesday.
Five children were among those killed in the airstrikes on the town of Khan Subul in the center of Idlib province, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The strikes also destroyed 40 percent of the Khan Murad Pasha Museum in the Idlib city of Maaret al-Nouman, Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the observatory, told dpa.
“The museum was targeted before with raids, but this time the raids destroyed large parts of its northern sector,” Abdel Rahman said.
He added that in 2011-12 the museum was made into a headquarters for regime forces who stole the artefacts inside it. Later it fell into the hands of the rebels who took control of the province. Idlib is the only Syrian province still run by rebel forces.
Abdel Rahman said the museum nowadays only holds large statues that are hard to move.
Regime and Russian planes have intensified their strikes on northwest Syria over the past month.
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