Police: Moses Lake teen may have shot parents as revenge for discipline

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 1:29 PM

MOSES LAKE, Wash. -- Investigators might know why a Moses Lake teenager allegedly shot his parents over the weekend.

Police said his parents disciplining him for some behavioral issues might have led to the shooting, and officers believe it was planned.

Investigators say he pulled a revolver from a gun cabinet in the family’s home, loaded it, and then walked into a room to try to kill his parents.

“It’s a little scary. I feel when there are guns involved, they should always be locked up, especially around kids,” neighbor Arnold Valdez said.

Neighbors were shocked to learn about the shooting over the weekend. They never suspected the boy would be capable of this crime.

“He played basketball and threw hoops out there a lot. I’ve never seen any trouble with him at all,” neighbor Emanuel Schaible said.

Several of the suspect’s family members were in the courtroom with him Monday. The boy appeared calm.

Prosecutors asked for a $1 million bond, while the public defenders asked for just $25,000. The judge decided on $500,000.

Staff at Moses Lake Christian Academy worked over the weekend to notify parents about the shooting allegedly involving one of the students. Administrators chose to address the topic at school Monday because it gained so much attention publicly.

“It’s a family, so to have something like this happen is devastating,” Stephanie Voigt of Moses Lake Christian Academy said.

The teen is expected back in court next week for a status hearing.

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