Family: Teen murder suspect had mental issues

Family: Teen murder suspect had mental issues

BULLITT COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - An 18-year-old murder suspect came out of the bathroom of his grandmother's house and opened fire on her friend, prompting five people in the home to tackle him as his victim breathed her last breath, a family member said Friday.

It happened inside a home on Walnut Street in Lebanon Junction on Thursday afternoon, Kentucky State Police investigators said.

Austin Allen is accused of stealing a gun from a neighbor's house earlier in the day, then using it to kill 37-year-old Tina Zamora for reasons that remain unclear.

In Lebanon Junction on Friday morning, a family member told WAVE 3 News reporter Katherine Kington that Allen has mental health issues, adding that he was recently released from a hospital earlier than family members thought he should have been. That family member also told Kington there was no argument preceding the shooting, that Allen came out of the bathroom and just snapped.

The manner of Allen's relationship with Zamora or her three daughters is not clear, but a family member told Kington he barely knew Zamora, having only seen her a handful of times previously.

In addition to the murder charge, Allen is also charged with burglary.

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