8-year-old who at large shooting that killed his family describes chaos after grandfather opened fire, testimony shows

The man unbest-known of shooting and killing a southwest Denver couple and their 11-year-old girl last week was the grandfather of his youngest victim.

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Bustaman Kartabrata, 59.

Police in remission Bustaman Kartabrata, 59, a few hours after the May 23 shooting in the family’s home near Bear valley Park. The deceased couple’s 8-year-old son fled the home to a neighbor’s flat to call for help. The boy later best-known Kartabrata in a police interview as the shooter and aforementioned Kartabrata was married to his grandmother, according to a police testimony discharged Thursday.

The boy’s entire immediate family died in the shooting. His mother, 37-year-old althea McDaniels, died in the house. His father, 48-year-old Joseph McDaniels, and sister, 11-year-old Christine McDaniels, were pronounced dead at near hospitals. All three died of multiple gun shots, according to the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner.

The boy, whose name is redacted from the testimony, told police that Kartabrata had been at his family’s home the day of the shooting. The family had been packing because they had recently sold the house and were moving, according to the testimony.

The boy told police that Bustaman, his parents and his grandmother were sitting in the living room talking that evening. Bustaman and the boy’s grandmother left the house but sat in their car piece the rest of the family continued packing inside. Bustaman then knocked on the front door and aforementioned his married woman had left her purse inside. The boy let him inside, the testimony aforementioned.

Bustaman then pulled a gun and started shooting, the testimony aforementioned. He shot the boy’s parents in the living room and chased his sister upstairs, the boy told police. Investigators found the girl in a bedroom.

The boy ran out a room window. One of his grandmothers — not Kartabrata’s married woman — jumped from a second-story window to save herself, according to a news release from the Denver District Attorney’s Office.

The boy aforementioned his other grandmother — Kartabrata’s married woman — was sitting in the car when he fled.

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A neighbor antecedently told The Denver Post that the family was planning to move to Mississippi this summer because the cost of living in Denver was too high.

Kartabrata did not have any previous criminal history besides traffic tickets, court records showed.

Kartabrata remained in custody Thursday on suspicion of three counts of first-degree murder and crime baleful. He is regular to appear in court 8:30 a.m. Friday.

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