A Long Branch teenager is being held in jail after shooting and killing his family and a family friend shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said Monday.
Parents Steven, 44, and Linda Kologi, 42, were both shot dead alongside daughter Brittany, 18, and 70-year-old family friend Mary Schultz. All four victims were pronounced dead at the scene. The boy’s grandfather and brother both managed to escape the home unharmed.
A joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Long Branch Police Department continues, but it appears the 16-year-old boy used a Century Arms semi-automatic rifle to kill his family and Schultz, Gramiccioni said. The gun was registered and legally owned by a family member.
Reportedly, the shooter is autistic.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia wrote on the Second Amendment not being an unlimited right: “Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose: For example, concealed weapons prohibitions have been upheld under the Amendment or state analogues. The Court’s opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.”
It remains to be seen for how much longer, semi automatic weapons will remain legal, along with “bumpers” used in the Las Vegas Massacre.