Scott Kologi, a 16-year-old New Jersey native, is expected to face murder charges for the deaths of his father, Steven Kologi, 44, his mother, Linda Kologi, 42, his sister, Brittany Kologi, 18, and family friend Mary Schultz, 70. Kologi allegedly shot and killed his family with a Century Arms semi-automatic rifle that was legally owned by a family member. Kologi reportedly spared his brother and grandfather.
According to reports from Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Kologi was taken into custody without incident after Long Branch New Jersey police responded to the crime scene around 11:44 PM Sunday, December 31. The quadruple homicide took place in Long Branch, New Jersey — a beach community of about 30,000 people.
Joe Rios, a longtime family friend of the Kologis, told the Asbury Park Press that he “wouldn’t expect anything like this from him” and that “this is out of the blue”:
After a report of gunfire about 15 minutes before the New Year, parents Steven and Linda Kologi, 18-year-old sibling Brittany Kologi and 70-year-old family friend Mary Schultz were found dead. The weapon, officials with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said, was a Century Arms semi-automatic rifle, legally owned by a family member and wielded by a 16-year-old member of the Kologi family.
The boy was identified as Scott Kologi. He was taken into custody without incident shortly after Long Branch police responded to the crime scene — a house on Wall Street — around 11:44 p.m. Sunday, a minute after the 911 call came through.
Monmouth County Officials said in a statement that the tragedy was an “isolated domestic incident” that posed no threat to the general public.
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