LONG BRANCH – What was supposed to be time of reflection, renewal and looking to the future became an evening of horror for a Long Branch family as four people were found shot to death with a licensed and registered semi-automatic weapon at 635 Wall Street in Long Branch NJ. 

With about fifteen minutes remaining in 2017, A 911 call was reported about shots being fired. Police arrived on the scene about a minute later to the carnage. The 16 year shooter killed his father, mother, sister and a family friend, according to authorities. He will be charged with four counts of homicide, they said.

"It's a terribly tragic incident" said the Monmouth County Prosecutor. When questioned by media about the gun and the call, authorities said, "The weapon was legally owned and registered. Thankfully, the arrest occurred without incident. It was very quick. Someone else (other than the shooter) placed the 911 call."

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Among the deceased are the suspect’s father, Steven Kologi, 44; mother Linda Kologi, 42; sister Brittany Kologi, 18; and family acquaintance, Mary Schultz, 70, of Oakhurst Parkway in Ocean Township.

A joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Long Branch Police Department continues, but it appears the 16-year-old boy used a Century Arms semi-automatic rifle to kill his victims. The teenager was taken into custody without incident.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Andrea Tozzi, of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 800-533-7443, or Detective Michael Verdadiero of the Long Branch Police Department at 732-222-1000."