An 18-year-old Alaskan teenager has been charged with four counts of first degree murder after allegedly shooting his aunt and three cousins in a gruesome massacre on Monday.
Malachi Maxon opened fire at two separate locations in Mat-Su borough near Anchorage in the early hours of Monday morning, police said.
He launched the reported attack a week after being released from prison for assaulting the family. He was wearing an electronic monitor during his pre-trial surveillance, which helped police locate him.
Authorities have not disclosed details of Maxon’s previous arrest for domestic assault or whether it involved the aunt and cousins. The indictment documents did not indicate a motive for the gunfire.
Maxon allegedly first opened fire on a house near Wasilla and shot his 18-year-old cousin, Cody Roehl.
Authorities received a call at 3:13 a.m. about a possible suicide at the home and found Roehl shot dead, but still alive. He later died of his injuries in a hospital, according to an Alaska State Trooper affidavit.
After shooting his cousin, Maxon stole a white Jeep Liberty and a semi-automatic Glock pistol with a loaded magazine and was captured on home surveillance footage fleeing the residence at 3:05 a.m., prosecution documents show .
Alaskan teenager Malachi Maxon, 18, has been charged with four counts of first degree murder after shooting his aunt Kimora Buster, 43 (set above in May 2019 during her graduation ceremony) and her three cousins early Monday in a horrific killing spree.
Maxon launched the attack around 3 a.m. starting at a house in Wasilla, where he shot his 18-year-old cousin, Cody Roehl. He then stole a car and a semi-automatic Glock and drove to his aunt Kimora Buster’s home. There, he broke into the house through the basement window and shot Kimora and her two cousins Ellison Buster, seven, and Sienna Buster, 10. Kimora Buster and two of her children pictured together above
Malachi pictured right in this social media photo
Maxon then proceeded to his aunt’s home on North Valley Way, near Palmer, where he allegedly broke through a basement window.
Once inside, he shot dead his aunt Kimora Buster, 43, and her two cousins Ellison Buster, seven, and Sienna Buster, 10.
Officers who responded found Kimora dead on the floor, Ellison dead in bed, and Sienna injured in bed. She was taken to hospital where she later died, authorities said.
A six-year-old boy, only identified as AB in documents, was found alive in bed with his brother Ellison and was uninjured, spared by defective bullets. Police said they found a number of defective cartridges on the ground.
“The scene revealed worn cartridge cases outside the broken front window, and the number of bullets fired at each person seemed to be about the same except Ellison. In the bed where Ellison and AB were found, there were several more bullet defects than there were with the other bodies which indicated that Maxon was probably trying to shoot AB, who was sleeping near the wall, ”said indicated the prosecution documents.
Maxon had stayed with the Buster family for a few days, according to the arrest affidavit. Documents identify Kimora as Maxon’s “first aunt”.
One of Kimora’s children, a six-year-old boy, was found alive in the house and police say he was likely spared from the defective bullets fired by Maxon. Kimora pictured above
A view of Alaska State soldiers investigating the second shooting scene at Kimora Buster’s home on North Valley Way in Palmer, Alaska, above Monday
Authorities were able to follow Maxon’s trail after arriving at Wasilla’s home where they found Cody Roehl shot dead. A person in the house, bearing the initials CR, told police Maxon was in the residence.
The soldiers were able to review court records and saw that he was released from electronic surveillance jail on November 23 for a domestic assault arrest and followed the device, leading them to Palmer’s home.
The device showed he was at the Palmer’s home at 3:55 a.m.
Maxon was finally apprehended around 4:07 am Monday morning when soldiers stopped him in the stolen vehicle on the Glenn Highawy near Mirror Lake.
But he did not cooperate and tried to escape as he was transferred from one place to another. He allegedly attempted to hit nearby trees, grabbed an officer and attempted to grab a soldier’s holster, according to Alaska’s news source.
Maxon has been charged with four counts of first degree murder, among others, and he will be brought to justice on Wednesday.
He was assigned a public defender, and an email sent to the Public Defender Agency in Palmer was not immediately returned on Tuesday.
Maxon was taken to the Mat-Su Remand Center. He is currently being held without bond.
A GoFundMe page to help Kimora Buster’s family, which now consists of the surviving child and father, has been established and has raised over $ 7,000 towards her goal of $ 10,000.
When Maxon was pictured after his arrest, soldiers found lacerations and other wounds on his legs which appeared to have been caused by shattered glass.
Audio recordings from a surveillance camera in the house recorded the sounds of the shooting and the shattering of glass.
A GoFundMe A page to help the Buster family, which now consists of the surviving child and the father, was set up and raised over $ 7,000 of its goal of $ 10,000.
Kim Thorp, managing director of Arctic Herbery where Kimora worked, said she and the rest of her employees were in shock over the horror shooting.
“I think for most of the day yesterday my body was just in shock,” she said.
“You know this aching pain inside of you because it’s so unfair and unfair, what happened to her and her children, and you just want answers. And then you think of her surviving child and her family members and you know, your heart keeps breaking for them, ”Thorp added.