Boy, 14, Allegedly Fatally Shoots Own Grandmother in Argument About Going to School
A Pennsylvania teenager is facing murder charges after he allegedly gunned down his own grandmother because he didn’t want to go to school, authorities said.
As Hunter Riley Reeser, 14, bickered with his 60-year-old grandmother, Sandra Orton, about attending an upcoming school meeting, the teen grabbed a gun and shot the woman at their Harborcreek Township home at about 8 a.m. Tuesday, state police said.
After the shooting, Reeser called his grandfather and said he found Orton bleeding in front of the house, police told the Associated Press.
Reeser called 911 and told the same story, but later allegedly confessed to pulling the trigger.
The teen’s grandfather reportedly told police he kept his guns locked up because his grandson "has issues."
The four guns in the home were reportedly stored in a cabinet with two padlocks and while Reeser may have had access to the keys for one of the locks, he did not have access to the only key for the other, Bobbie Orton told police, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by GoErie.com.
But neighbors reported seeing Reeser carrying a firearm on Monday afternoon, one day before he allegedly used a .22-caliber rifle to kill his grandmother, the affidavit said.
Reeser allegedly took the rifle from his bedroom and fired from the front porch, hitting Orton in the head as she sat behind the wheel of her car in their driveway, GoErie.com reported.
She had reportedly left work early to bring Reeser to a meeting with his counselor.
"The suspect is known to have behavioral and emotional issues," police wrote in the affidavit.
The teen was charged as an adult with criminal homicide, first-degree murder, possession of instruments of crime and aggravated assault, officials at the Erie County Prison said in a recording.
He remains jailed without bond.
Children in Pennsylvania must be charged as adults in murder or homicide cases. Defense attorneys can later try to move the charges to juvenile court, but Erie County prosecutors said they plan to oppose such a move in this case, according to The AP.