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Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2013 2:15 pm

MOSES LAKE — A 14-year-old Moses Lake boy was arrested Friday after allegedly shooting his parents.

About 10 p.m. police responded to a home on Battery Road. According to police reports, officers found two adults injured at the scene. Neighbors in the area identified the victims as Jonathon and Elizabeth Brooks, of Moses Lake, and the boy’s parents.

Both victims were transported to an out of area hospital for treatment. The victims' names were not released by police at this time, but are believed to be family members, according to police Chief Dave Ruffin.

Detectives developed information that led to the arrest of the teen. "While we appreciate the desire for more information, it is important we give your detectives time to investigate this incident to obtain as much accurate information as possible," Captain Dave Sands stated in the press release. Police will not release more information until Monday.

The boy is a student at Moses Lake Christian Academy, according to school officials. His name was not released.

Brian Meiners, director, and Stephanie Voight, interim director at the academy, released a statement via Facebook addressing the incident.

"We are extremely saddened by this incident and we are praying for the student and the victims. We are a small school and everyone is extremely close, which is a blessing because that is one of the qualities which help us all get through this tragedy."

The MLCA high school dance scheduled for Saturday night is cancelled in respect for those involved in the shooting.

For future developments with this story, read Monday’s edition of the Columbia Basin Herald.

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  • LordOfTheExacto posted at 10:08 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    LordOfTheExacto Posts: 22

    A 14-year-old is not an adult, no matter how you rig the laws to pretend he is. He may be a screwed-up child, but he's still a child.

  • thirdrail posted at 2:35 pm on Tue, Mar 12, 2013.

    thirdrail Posts: 397

    Looks like the opinion police are on patrol. Learn some manners dude.

  • thirdrail posted at 12:14 pm on Tue, Mar 12, 2013.

    thirdrail Posts: 397

    Why don't you read the latest article on this young criminal DUDE ! BTW I'm entitled to my own opinion even if it does upset you. Deal with it.

  • thirdrail posted at 7:35 am on Tue, Mar 12, 2013.

    thirdrail Posts: 397

    The lack of prayer and worship has nothing to do with this. It's the lax discipline and up bringing parents have these days in raising children.

  • timlamb posted at 8:19 am on Mon, Mar 11, 2013.

    timlamb Posts: 2

    come on...these flames don't need to be fanned. If you share the faith be positive, if not, don't be critical.

  • Julia Dannon posted at 9:32 pm on Sun, Mar 10, 2013.

    Julia Dannon Posts: 13

    Oh please Mazanz1, if it were a muslim child that did this it would be politicized or used to propagate paranoia. As soon as the shoe is on the other foot, the whining and finger pointing begin.

  • timlamb posted at 8:44 pm on Sat, Mar 9, 2013.

    timlamb Posts: 2

    mazanz1, we have to face facts, heathen is right, these things happen to Christians too. Heathen is wrong however to suggest that prayer does not help. Whatever the problem was at home he wasn't at school shooting up bullies and classmates and teachers. For whatever reason God allowed this and people will attack Him for it. God is not a "tragedy preventer". He is there for us when it happens. It is not the lack of prayer in schools that causes our social problems, it's the lack of prayer and worship in general, in everyday life. People lose hope and there is but one Hope, Jesus Christ.

    Pray for each other!

  • masanz1 posted at 3:46 pm on Sat, Mar 9, 2013.

    masanz1 Posts: 9

    very sad...for the situation and the fact somebody feels the need to politicize it or even jest about it..