An Alaskan teenager is being accused of shooting four relatives on Monday — just a week after being released from jail on charges of alleged family assault, according to a report.
Malachi Maxon is accused of first shooting his 18-year-old cousin, Cody Roehl, at home near Wasilla, Alaska around 3 p.m. Authorities were tipped off when they received a call saying that there was a suicide at the house and found an injured Roehl, reports Fox News.
Maxon then stole a Jeep Liberty and semiautomatic Glock pistol, and traveled to his aunt’s house in Palmer.
He then proceeded to break into the residence and shot his aunt, Kimora Buster, as well as his seven-year-old cousin, Ellison and 10-year-old cousin Sienna Buster.
Both children were pronounced dead at the scene, while Kimora succumbed to her injuries at the hospital.
“The scene revealed spent cartridge casings outside the broken front window, and the number of bullets fired at each person appeared to be about the same,” according to police documents.
One child managed to survive the slaughter, a six-year-old referred to in charging documents as “AB.” The child was sleeping in the same bed as Ellison when Maxon opened fire.
According to police, AB was spared due to defective bullets.
“In the bed where Ellison and AB were found, there were several more bullet defects than there were with the other bodies that indicated Maxon was likely trying to shoot AB, who was sleeping near the wall,” the document read.
Police managed to locate Maxon and the stolen vehicle through the court-ordered monitoring device that Maxon was required to wear.
After a brief scuffle with state troopers in which he attempted to escape, Maxon was subdued and arrested.
He faces four first-degree murder charges, attempted first-degree murder, second-degree theft, first-degree vehicle theft, third-degree assault and first-degree attempted escape.