Report: New Mexico teen planned more shootings
Published: January 22, 2013 10:37AM
Updated: January 22, 2013 11:12AM
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Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston holds a news conference on the five person homicide on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. Authorities said a teenage boy fatally shot two adults and three children at a home near Albuquerque. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Journal, Pat Vasquez-Cunningham)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. • Authorities in New Mexico say the teenager accused of gunning down his family over the weekend had reloaded his guns after the attacks and planned to go to a Wal-Mart and randomly shoot people.

Instead, they say 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego texted a picture of his dead mother to his 12-year-old girlfriend, then spent much of Saturday with her. The two went to the church where his father had been a pastor, and Griego eventually confessed to killing his parents and three younger siblings.

Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston says Griego had planned the attack for a week, but it’s unclear if he ever actually went to a Wal-Mart or why he changed his mind. He said he had planned to randomly shoot more people, then die in a shootout with law enforcement.

Houston says Griego told detectives he also contemplated killing his girlfriend’s parents.