Who’s To Blame when a 14 Year-old Boy Shoots and Kills His Entire Family?
A Message from the President of Americans Against Gun Violence
September 12, 2019
Late on the night of Monday, September 2, a 14 year old boy in the small town of Elkmont, Alabama, called 911 to report that he heard gunshots in his home. When police arrived, they found one adult and two children dead in the home, apparently as a result of gunshot wounds. Another adult and child lay critically wounded and subsequently died in area hospitals. The 14 year old boy initially told police that he had run outside the house when he heard the gunshots, but when police noted inconsistencies in his account, they questioned him further, and the teen admitted that he had committed the murders. He subsequently led police to the 9mm handgun that he had used to kill his 38 year old father, John Wayne Sisk; his 35 year old stepmother, Mary Sisk; his five year old step sister; and his two step-brothers, one six years old, and the other six months old.
The teen’s name was not released by police, but an adult cousin told reporters that he had been well behaved until about a year earlier when he began engaging in vandalism and cruelty to animals. He had just recently learned that Mary Sisk was not his biological mother.