As reported in the media a 15-year-old boy remained in custody as detectives tried to understand what led to the shooting of his parents and three of their children who were found dead in a New Mexico home.

According to reports the  teenager was arrested on murder and other charges in connection with the shootings, which happened Saturday night at the home in a rural area southwest of downtown Albuquerque.

The authorities identified the victims late Sunday as Greg Griego, 51, his wife Sara Griego, 40, and three of their children: a 9-year-old boy, Zephania Griego, and daughters Jael Griego, 5, and Angelina Griego, 2.

With word of the shootings traveled quickly through the law enforcement community, and officials began offering their condolences for Greg Griego, the community must be wondering what is going on, why are these shooting incidents so prevalent in the US.

There have been a previous report in the media that suggested that over 900 hundred people have already been the victims of gun crimes and from an outsider point of view the situation seems to be escalating rather than abating.

Before we can cast any aspersion on this 15 year old boy, bearing in mind that he has not been convicted of any crime, there is however the burning question as to what could cause a child this young to commit such a despicable crime and whether the fact that there was so much guns in the home a contributory factor that made it so easy for him, if he did, to commit the crime.

As it has been suggested the authorities said each victim suffered more than one gunshot wound, and several guns were found at the home, one of which was a semi-automatic military-style rifle, and that Investigators were trying to determine who owned the guns.

It is mind-boggling that not only the fact that a child would undertake such a ghastly criminal act but to shoot is victims multiply times would be an indication to even a lay person that there was so much raged attach to this crime.

Once again society needs to ensure that guns do not get in the hands of these individuals is paramount, and parents will have to take the responsibility to ensure that they do not  have these levels of deadly weapons in their homes which would allow teenagers to be able to get their hands on them.

We will have to await the outcome of the investigation to begin to understand why this happen and whether there are any lessons to be learned that may enable us to prevent this kind of atrocities from occurring again.

By Sandrea: My Opinion