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14-year-old Elkmont boy charged in murders of 5 family members

9:27 p.m. UPDATE: A family friend of Mary Sisk has identified the six-month-old baby as Colson.

9:04 p.m. UPDATE: Multiple family members tell WAAY 31 the suspect's name is Mason Sisk. However, the Limestone County Sheriff's Office has not released a name of the accused shooter.

John Sisk, Mary Sisk (Photo courtesy of a WAAY 31 viewer)

8:13 p.m. UPDATE: The children killed are six-year-old Kane, five-year-old Rorrie and an unnamed six-month-old baby.

The coroner told WAAY 31 on Tuesday that the bodies were removed from the home and taken to the forensics lab, except for the two bodies that were taken to the hospital.

3:09 p.m. UPDATE: Mary Sisk has been identified as a special education teacher in Huntsville City Schools. The school system released this statement: "We are heartbroken to learn of the tragedy involving one of our teachers, Mary Sisk, and her family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Sisk family and we ask everyone to remember them during this difficult time. The district will help Mountain Gap Middle School this week with additional counselors and other resources for any students and staff who need support during this time."

1:06 p.m. UPDATE: The two adult victims have been identified as John Wayne Sisk, 38, and Mary Sisk, 35. The other victims, whose names have not been released, are a 6-year-old boy, a 5-year-old girl, and a 6-month-old boy.

The suspect, a 14-year-old boy, is charged as a juvenile with five counts of murder. Law enforcement said the victims are his father, stepmother and three siblings.

Limestone County Sheriff's Office spokesman Stephen Young said the handgun used in the shootings was in the home illegally.

11:12 a.m. UPDATE: The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office said the 14-year-old male who confessed to killing his 5 family members is being held at a juvenile detention center.

Authorities say the teen, a freshman at Elkmont High School, will be charged with five counts of murder.

They have not said if he will be charged as a juvenile or as an adult.

9:53 a.m. UPDATE: The Limestone County School System released this statement: "Limestone County Schools is deeply saddened by the tragic event that has occurred in the Elkmont community. We are concentrating our efforts in assisting our students, faculty and community in dealing with this tragedy. Additional school counselors and Limestone County Health Department Counselors are onsite. These individuals will be available for as long as there is a need."

9:46 a.m. UPDATE: The Limestone County Sheriff's Office said investigators have recovered the handgun thought to be used in the killings from the side of the road nearby where it had been tossed.

From earlier:

Limestone County authorities say five people have died following a shooting in Elkmont. Authorities say a 14-year-old male confessed to shooting his Dad, step-mom, and siblings. It happened at a home on 25000 block of Ridge Road.

Deputies said the teen is cooperating. A spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office told us the teen called 911 saying he was in his basement and heard gunshots coming from the main floor.

When deputies arrived at the scene the teen was outside the home. Inside they found five people, two adults and three children, with gunshot wounds. One adult and two children were confirmed dead at the scene. A second adult and a child were airlifted to the hospital where they later died.

We're told Sheriff Blakely and an investigator questioned the teen about what happened and that's when the teen made a confession.

"And there were some discrepancies in his story. When asked about those he confessed to killing his family members and to dumping a 9-millimeter handgun nearby," said Stephen Young the Limestone County Sheriff's Office public information officer.

WAAY 31 has reporters on the scene gathering the latest details and will update with new information throughout the morning. 

Earlier: Five people have been shot in Elkmont in Limestone County. According to the Limestone County Sheriff's Office, three people are dead at the scene and two were airlifted to the hospital.

WAAY 31 reporters are on the way to the scene and will update with any new information.

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