An eight-year-old boy has confessed to shooting his father and another man, said police in St Johns, a small community north-east of Phoenix, Arizona. (photo, from bbc.co.uk)
The child has been charged with the murders.
“Who would think an eight-year-old kid could kill two adults?” said St Johns Police Chief Roy Melnick on Friday.
The boy is being held at a juvenile detention centre, and a psychological evaluation has been ordered by a judge.
Prosecutors said that the eight-year-old had no record of bad behaviour at school, and that there had been no indication of any problems at home.
On Wednesday evening, police officers had arrived at the child’s home within minutes of the shooting, said Mr Melnick.
One victim was found just outside the front door and the other one dead in an upstairs room, he added.
The second man is believed to have been lodging in the house.
Brad Carlyon, Apache County prosecutor, said that the child had gone to a neighbour’s house and said he “believed that his father was dead”. Later, police obtained a confession from the boy for the two killings.
His defence lawyer, Benjamin Brewer, said police had not advised him of his rights and had overreached in questioning him without representation from a parent or a lawyer.