LONG BRANCH — Stockton University freshman Brittany Kologi was among four people killed Sunday when, police said, her 16-year-old brother used a semi-automatic assault rifle to open fire on her, his mother, father and a family friend.
The accused teen shooter, who wasn’t identified, was taken into custody and officials plan to charge him with murder, according to a statement Monday by Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni. He identified the dead as the teen’s parents, Steven Kologi, 44, and Linda Kologi, 42, his sister Brittany Kologi, 18, and family friend Mary Schultz, 70.
Stockton University confirmed Brittany Kologi was a student and issued a statement Monday that read: “We are shocked and saddened by the reports of the death of freshman Brittany Kologi under such tragic circumstances.”
Stockton officials identified Brittany Kologi as a health sciences student who lived on campus.
Students are on winter break, but the housing and counseling staff will be available to provide services to her friends and classmates at Stockton, according to the statement.
“We are investigating this strictly as a domestic incident that occurred wtihin the confines of this home,” Gramiccioni said during a press conference Monday.
The shootings happened in the late hours on New Year’s Eve. He said the young man will be charged with four counts of murder and possession of a weapon. The weapon used was registered to a family member, he said.
Gramiccioni said he could not speak on a motive for the killings.
Police went to the 600 block of Wall Street in Long Branch at 11:43 p.m. Sunday after receiving a 911 call from someone inside the family’s home.
Gramiccioni declined to give details, but he said a grandfather and brother were in the house at the time of the shootings and escaped. The suspect was taken into custody without incident, he said.
“Please pray for Brittany Kologi. ... She had her whole life ahead of her!!!! More importantly, pray for her surviving brother. I don’t know how you go on after such a horrific experience. ... He definitely needs lots of prayers!!!!,” friend Marianne Muolo Balesterri, of Red Bank, Monmouth County, said in a Facebook post shared publiclly on Monday to include a photograph of Brittany Kologi.
Anyone with information about the case can call Detective Andrea Tozzi, of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, at 800-533-7443, or police Detective Michael Verdadiero at 732-222-1000.