SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A teenager shot and killed his father and his 83-year-old great-aunt, and critically wounded his 80-year-old grandmother before he called 911 to report the attack, a police spokesman said yesterday.
The shootings happened Monday night in a house on a wooded stretch of road near railroad tracks in the northwestern part of South Carolina. All three victims were shot in the head, Spartanburg Public Safety Captain Art Littlejohn said.
The teen has not been charged and his name has not been released. The audio of the 911 call has not been made public.
The closest neighbor is an auto shop that houses a combination of car-related businesses, and the youth would play there most days after school with the 9-year-old nephew of one of the business owners.
“I’m sort of devastated with the whole thing because I don’t understand it,’’ said Barry Taylor, 61, who lives behind his son’s towing business where the teen played. “He was such a nice little boy.’’
When police arrived at the house, the teen came out with his hands up and was taken into custody, Littlejohn said. A .22-caliber rifle — a gift from his father — was found inside the home and authorities suspect it was used in the shootings.
“He had too much freedom with that gun,’’ said Dee Krind, 47, owner of Superior Collision. “Fourteen years old, you are not supposed to have no freedom with a gun like that.’’
Taylor said the boy’s father had given him the gun so they could go hunting together. Taylor described the father as a caring man, who also gave his son a motorized cart and a bicycle.
Relatives and neighbors told investigators they had not noticed any behavioral problems, Littlejohn said.