DA: Midstate teen, who shot brother was interested in same girl

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 1, 2016 10:40 AM

(Williamstown) -- Authorities say a 15-year-old central Pennsylvania boy fatally shot his 18-year-old brother because both were interested in the same girl. 

Dakota Thornton has been jailed and charged as an adult with criminal homicide and possessing an instrument of crime. 

Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico says Thornton shot his brother, Dominick, shortly before 2:00 a.m. Wednesday. 

State police say Thornton told them he loaded a .410-gauge shotgun a couple minutes before the shooting. 

A criminal complaint says Thornton told police he "shot and killed his brother over the fact that he was romantically interested in his brother's girlfriend.'' 

The shooting occurred at their home in Williamstown.

Online court records don't list an attorney for Thornton, who has a preliminary hearing April 27.

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