Teen Who Massacred Family Planned Walmart Shooting

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Jan. 21 2013 3:44 PM

15-Year-Old Who Massacred Family Planned To Die in Walmart Shootout with Police

Screengrab from local CBS affiliate KRQE newscast showing 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego


The 15-year-old boy who is accused of shooting and killing his parents, a 5-year-old brother and two of his sisters, aged 2 and 9, planned to continue shooting. After shooting his mother while she was sleeping at around 1 a.m. Saturday, Nehemiah Griego then shot and killed his siblings. He proceeded to wait for around five hours until his father got home before shooting him as well. Griego was going to continue the carnage. He loaded up several weapons, including an AR-15 semiautomatic, into the family van to drive to the nearest Walmart and kill more people before dying in a shootout with police, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

But, according to the paper, the teenager ended up calling a friend who convinced him to meet him at a church where his father had been a pastor. It’s unclear what happened throughout the next 12 hours but eventually it seems the teenager told a church security guard someone had killed his family. The guard was the one who called 911 at around 9 p.m. Local CBS affiliate KRQE hears that Griego told investigators “he had been having homicidal and suicidal thoughts along with anger problems and had been upset with his mother.”


Officials on Monday confirmed the accused teenager had never been in trouble with the law, reports the Associated Press.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.



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