A Metairie teenager has been charged with shooting his father and half-sister.
The bodies were discovered Monday in the victim’s Covington area home.
WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter has details on the arrest and reaction from the family.
“We’re all suffering. It was a tragedy,” the suspect’s grandmother said.
Family members gathered inside a Metairie home to console one another; just hours after authorities announced the arrest of 17-year old Jacob Middleton Jr.
“He’s my grandson, I’m weeping for him, Alina Fernandez said. “I’m weeping for the father. We’re all sad that this happened.”
Investigators with St. Tammany Parish say the teenager admitted to shooting his father, Jacob Middleton Sr. and his two year old half-sister.
The girl’s mother discovered the bodies Monday inside a home on Carnation Street in the Abita Nursery subdivision.
Both victims had been shot.
“It appears they were killed at close range gunfire,” St. Tammany Sheriff Jack Strain said.
Metairie neighbors are both shocked and saddened.
Trotter asked, “Have you seen this guy in the neighborhood? I have seen him yeah,” a neighbor said. “And now to hear he’s accused of shooting his father and half-sister? It’s just sickening you know unbelievable that somebody would do something like that.”
Trotter asked, “Signs of trouble between the two? Yes, that’s what happens with broken families. Divorces it causes that,” Fernandez said.
Investigators say the younger Middleton indicated that his actions were the result of hatred for his father and what he described as years of abuse and family violence.
Deputies had previously been called to the Carnation Street home about his father.
“Domestic violence issues and mental health issues,” Strain said.
“He’s not a bad kid; he’s never been a bad kid,” Fernandez said. “He’s good. He’s quiet, but he was never a troubled kid with the law or anything like that. Trotter asked, “How long had he been struggling with this divorce? Couple of years now.”
“My prayers go out to them; you know that they had to go through something like that,” the neighbor said. “You know it’s traumatic.”
Middleton Jr. has been booked on two counts of first-degree murder.
He’s being held in the St. Tammany Parish Jail with no bond.