A teenager in southern Texas, who said he had killed his family and posted a graphic image of his body on social media, committed suicide after police found him at home, officials said.
Aranzas Pass police and the San Patricio County Sheriff’s Office say they have begun an investigation after being warned about images on social media. They say the teen, identified as 15-year-old William Quince Colburn III, also threatened to continue violence at school.
Law enforcement agencies tracked teens late Wednesday night to an RV park near Aransas Pass. Officers asked him to get out of the camper, but he refused. According to police, police officers then heard a single gunshot and the sound of a person falling to the ground.
According to police, a teenager died from a gunshot wound when a police officer boarded an RV, and the bodies of three other dogs and two dogs were found.
Sheriff Oscar Rivera of San Patricio County said the other three were also shot dead. He identified them as William Colburn Jr., 63 years old. Janna Colburn, 53; and Emma Colburn, 13.
Rivera said that William Quinn Colburn III and the other three killed in the RV were involved, but he still didn’t know how to do it.
Police said they “may have been working on a more tragic event later this morning” without the “quick action” of social media websites and other teens in the group.
“I’m happy to find him before something bad happens,” Rivera said.
Rivera said it was unclear which school the teen was threatening. He said the teen was not enrolled in a local school and authorities believed he was homeschooled.
“I don’t know which school he was going to attack, but he certainly had the weapons and ammunition to attack,” Rivera said.