Man killed after fatally shooting 2 sons
PENNSAUKEN, N.J. — A man shot his three sons, fatally wounding two and critically injuring the third, and set their tidy southern New Jersey home afire before police killed him, authorities said yesterday.
Police started receiving calls shortly after 10:30 p.m. Thursday when two young men were found on different streets near the home in Pennsauken, said Jason Laughlin, a spokesman for the Camden County prosecutor’s office. A house fire was reported a short time later.
Authorities initially didn’t know whether the fire was connected to the shootings, Laughlin said. When police arrived at the split-level brick home, a man in a sunroom who was holding a lighter, a can of gasoline, and a handgun charged at three officers, he said.
The man was shot and killed. Laughlin said it wasn’t clear how many officers fired at the gunman, who was identified as 54-year-old Alfred Moton Sr.
The body of Moton’s 12-year-old son, Steven, was found in the house, while his 16- and 18-year-old sons were found on the street, Laughlin said. The 18-year-old, Alfred Moton Jr., was later pronounced dead.
The 16-year-old, Charles Moton, was in critical but stable condition at Cooper University Hospital in Camden.