A 15-year-old boy charged with killing his pastor father, mother and three younger siblings may have been planning another massacre at a local Walmart, reports AP.
Police allege the teenager, named as Nehemiah Griego, shot his family members in their rural home outside Albuquerque, New Mexico, reloaded his assault rifle and was planning to go to a “populated area to murder more people," reports Fox News.
“Nehemiah said after killing five of his family members, he reloaded the weapons so that he could drive to a populated area to murder more people,” according to a sworn affidavit provided to prosecutors by the arresting officer and obtained by FoxNews.com.
“Nehemiah stated he wanted to shoot people at random and eventually be killed while exchanging gunfire with law enforcement.”
The victims have been identified as Greg Griego, 51; Sarah Griego, 40; and their children Zephania Griego, 9; Jael Griego, 5; and Angelina Griego, 2, according to NBC News.
The boy's father, Greg Griego, was identified as the pastor at Calvary, a local church and was known in Albuquerque as a loving family man.
“Greg loved his family, he loved his church, he loved God, and was very involved with and had love for people in prison,” Calvary executive director Brian Nixon told NBC affiliate KOB-TV. “He headed up our jail ministry, he had a passion for people and to help them.”
Neighbors in the small community were equally shocked to hear about the shooting.
“It’s a horrible thing,” neighbor Peter Gomez, 54, told the AP. “You see all this stuff that happens all over the country, the shootings in the schools and theaters, and then it happens right here. It’s sad.”