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Boy, 8, fatally shoots two men, father

Arizona police, who charged an eight-year-old boy with two counts of premeditated murder Saturday, are looking at the possibility that the boy was abused, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The boy, who shot and killed his father and another man with a .22 caliber rifle, will be psychologically reviewed this week and abuse will be taken into consideration.

"I'm not accusing anybody of anything at this point," he said Saturday. "But we're certainly going to look at the abuse part of this. He's 8 years old. He just doesn't decide one day that he's going to shoot his father and shoot his father's friend for no reason. Something led up to this."

The boy's father Vincent Romero, 29,and his friend, Timothy Romans, 39, both lived together with the juvenile and both worked for the same construction outfit, prior to being killed, according to the Washington Post.

Arizona law states that anyone older than eight-years-old can be charged as an adult, but police officials acknowledge that it is highly unlikely.

"We're going to use every avenue of the law that's available to us, but we're also looking at the human side," St. Johns Police Chief Roy Melnick said.

St. John's, which was shocked by the news, is a small suburb 168 miles northeast of Phoenix, with a population of 4,000.

Currently, the boy sits in custody and was visited by his biological mother who came in from Mississippi.

'He's scared,'' he said. ''He's trying to be tough, but he's scared.''

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/08/AR2008110802243.html?sub=AR

http://www.suntimes.com/news/nation/1268669,arizona-boy-kills-father-shoot110808.article