LONG BRANCH, N.J. — A 16-year-old New Jersey boy armed with a semi-automatic rifle shot and killed his parents, sister and a family friend inside the home where they lived, authorities said Monday. Monmouth County Prosecutor Chris Gramiccioni said Monday that the teen will be charged with four counts of murder and a weapons offense stemming from the shooting that occurred late Sunday night, less than 20 minutes before midnight on New Year’s Eve in the shore town of Long Branch.
A possible motive for the shooting has not been disclosed. The rifle used in the shooting was legally registered to a resident of the house, Gramiccioni said.
The teen’s name has not been disclosed, and it wasn’t known Monday if he’s retained an attorney.
The victims were identified as the boy’s parents, Steven Kologi, 44, and Linda Kologi, 42; his 18-year-old sister, Brittany, and 70-year-old Mary Schultz, who lived with the family.
King Abdullah of Jordan is visiting President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday, and the two leaders will no doubt discuss the plan to hold a peace summit that must solve what Trump calls “the problem of the century” — the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
The Jordanian King is widely regarded as a “moderate” among Arab leaders, and as someone who can play an important role in achieving peace in Israel.
In reality, however, Abdullah II is often fanning the flames in the Palestinian conflict with Israel by making false statements about the situation on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem where the Al Aqsa Mosque is located.
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In his role of custodian of the Muslim holy places on the Temple Mount, Abdullah frequently blames Israel for storming the Al Aqsa mosque and calls the Israeli security forces on the Mount “the