A PAIR of teenage brothers have been arrested in connection with a mass shooting that killed four people at a Sweet 16 party.
The suspects – Ty Reik McCullough, 17, and Travis McCullough, 16 – were taken into custody Tuesday night.
Another 32 people were injured at Saturday night’s party in Dadeville, Alabama — a small town of about 3,000 people about 50 miles northwest of Montgomery.
“Make no mistake: This is Alabama, and if you pull a gun and start shooting people, we’re going to put you in jail,” Sgt. Jeremy Burkett of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said at a news conference Wednesday morning, per CBS News.
The youths were both charged as adults. They face four counts of reckless murder and are being prosecuted for the other people they allegedly hurt.
The deceased victims were identified as Marsiah Collins, 19; Phil Dowdell, 18; Corbin Holston, 23; and Shaunkivia Smith, 17.
The party was for Phil’s sister Alexis. He knocked her to the ground when the shooting started, but ended up getting hit himself.
“[Alexis]got on her knees and held him tight,” her mother, Latonya Allen, who was shot twice, told CBS News.
“He was just damned. She said, kept telling him, ‘Wake up, Phil.'”
The 18-year-old was a promising high school football star who had just signed on to play for Jacksonville State University in Florida.
Phil was a “humble child” according to his grandmother Annette Allen.
“I never messed with anyone,” she said. “Always had a smile on my face.”
Four other people injured at the party were in critical condition as of Wednesday morning.
Police expect the suspects to appear for a hearing within 72 hours.
Prosecutors will request that the brothers be held without bail.
The investigations are ongoing. Police did not disclose a motive for the attack.