- New Mexico pastor, woman, two girls and a boy shot dead during Saturday night shooting spree
- Sheriff’s office identifies suspect as 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego, the pastor’s son
- Each victim was shot multiple times
A 15-year-old boy is accused of using an assault rifle to kill his pastor father and other family members in their home last night, police have said.
The suspect, who was identified as Nehemiah Griego, was arrested shortly after the shooting at the Albuquerque, New Mexico, home.
Inside, police found the five victims – a man, woman, two girls and a boy – who were each shot multiple times.
One of the victims was identified as Gregory Griego, the alleged shooter’s father and a former pastor at the Calvary Albuquerque church.
The church confirmed Mr Griego’s death to MailOnline on Sunday. The names of the other victims could not immediately be determined.
Investigators also were seeking to determine who owned several guns that were found at the home, one of which was a semi-automatic military-style rifle.
Each victim was shot multiple times, authorities said.
The tragedy comes just over a month after gunman Adam Lanza slaughtered 20 schoolchildren and seven women – including his own mother – in Newtown, Connecticut.
Lanza, who killed himself as police closed in on him, was armed with an AR-15 assault rifle.
The massacre ignited a fiery debate on gun control and resulted in President Obama’s push last week to ban assault weapons and intensify background checks on those purchasing guns.