US teenager planned to randomly shoot people, says County Sheriff

US teenager

Griego spent most of Saturday with his girlfriend and her family, Houston said. At about 8 p.m., Griego went to Calvary church and told church members that his family was dead. Church officials called police and took Griego to his home. Griego initially told arriving officers he had come home Saturday morning after spending time at a friend's house to discover his family dead, court documents say. The teen later confessed to shooting his mother because he "had anger issues'' and was annoyed with her, the documents say.

The teen had no history of mental illness and drugs and alcohol did not appear to play a factor, Houston said. He did note, however, that the teen liked violent video games, including "Modern Warfare'' and "Grand Theft Auto." He did not say whether he believed the games were a factor.

Greg Griego was a gang member-turned pastor who had once served at Calvary, one of Albuquerque's largest Christian churches. He had an extensive arrest record from his gang days, but was best known throughout the law enforcement community for mhis work as a voluntary chaplain.

A records check by the Children, Youth and Families Department indicated no problems with the Griego family and that Nehemiah Griego had never been in trouble with the law. Sheriff's Deputy Aaron Williamson confirmed there was no history of any memergency calls to the home in the recent past.

"This is beyond any human reasoning or understanding," Houston said. "It's horrific. What other words do you use? This is certainly the first time that I have been into a crime scene with this much destruction at one home."

In addition to the two rifles, there were two pistol-grip shotguns in the home, Houston said. Griego's father taught him to use guns, and they shot together on a regular basis, Houston said. The home had a security-style sign outside saying ``Home Protected by Smith & Wesson." Associated Press writers Susan Montoya Bryan in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Paul Davenport in Phoenix contributed to this report.

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