Officials said a 14-year-old boy shot and killed five members of his family in their Alabama home, before throwing the pistol away and calling the police, in the latest shooting.
A spokesman for the Limestone County Mayor’s office told the media that the shooting took place overnight in Elkmon.
The sheriff’s office said five people were shot and three died at the scene and two later in hospital. “The 14-year-old caller was interviewed and admitted to shooting his five family members at the house,” she said on Twitter.
“He is currently helping investigators locate the weapon, which is a 9mm pistol that he said he threw nearby.”
It was not clear where the young man got the gun.
The killings come on the heels of a series of mass shootings in the United States, including one this weekend in Texas that left seven people dead and 22 injured, including a young child.
Last month, a gunman killed 22 people and wounded 24 others in El Paso, Texas, while another attacker killed nine and wounded 27 in Dayton, Ohio.