Triston M. Arnzen and Chloe A. Marks charged with attempted murder

Outside the residence where Triston M. Arnzen and Chloe A. Marks allegedly shot two people.

Outside the residence where Triston M. Arnzen and Chloe A. Marks allegedly shot two people.

Two Idaho middle school classmates were arrested and charged as adults after authorities said they deliberately shot dead an adult man and a teenage woman Sunday night. Triston M.Arnzen and Chloe A Marksboth 14, face charges of attempted first-degree murder for allegedly shooting and seriously injuring Arnzen’s stepfather and stepsister, police said in a press release.

According to the Lewiston Police Department, officers responded to an 911 call at approximately 5:24 p.m. Sunday, February 27, regarding shooting at a home on the 600 block of Bryden Drive. Upon arriving at the scene, first responders found an adult male and a minor female, both of whom appeared to be suffering from gunshot wounds. The two victims were taken to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center for treatment with injuries that police described as “serious, possibly life-threatening.” Intervention officers located Arnzen and Marks “a short distance” from the scene of the shooting and took both into custody.

the Lewiston Morning Tribune reported the identity of the victims as George E. Hamblin Jr.Arnzen’s stepfather and 11 years old Macayla HamblinHamblin’s daughter (and Arnzen’s stepsister).

Both teenagers reportedly agreed to speak to police without their lawyers or parents being present. Arnzen reportedly told investigators he regretted shooting his stepfather — but only because he believed Mark’s first shot was likely to be fatal. He added that “if he had spent more time aiming for his stepsister,” then he and Marks “could both have had ‘confirmed kills.'” tribune reported. Arnzen also reportedly said that his only regret in shooting his stepsister was that he had not killed her.

Marks reportedly described Arnzen’s stepfather as “kind of a D” when speaking to detectives.

During interrogation, the two suspected minors allegedly revealed that they had taken a pistol from Arnzen’s mother from the ceiling of a refrigerator where she had kept the gun. Arnzen allegedly reached for the gun “when adults were distracted in the house,” police said.

Before they could get their hands on the firearm, which was allegedly a pink-and-black 9mm Ruger LC9, investigators said the duo hatched a plan to kill Arnzen’s stepfather and stepsister. The scheme was reportedly hatched about two hours before the actual shooting. According to the plan, Marks was allegedly accused of shooting George Hamblin while Arnzen was scheduled to shoot Macayla Hamblin.

“Arnzen gave Marks the gun and Marks used the gun to shoot [George Hamblin], hitting him. Arnzen then took the gun and fired more shots [George Hamblin], hit him at least one more time,” police said in the press release. George Hamblin was reportedly sitting on his bed when the two teenagers allegedly shot him in the neck, jaw and upper body.

“Arnzen then turned around and searched [Macayla Hamblin], fired at least once but thought he missed. Arnzen then hunted [Macayla Hamblin] outside and fired more shots at them, hitting them at least once,” police said. She reportedly sustained two gunshot wounds to her leg.

Arnzen reportedly continued to pursue but ran out of ammunition when he caught up with the wounded Macayla. Authorities say he instead threw the gun at the girl out of anger. He and Marks then allegedly fled the scene before police arrived.

Arnzen reportedly told police that he and Marks first decided to kill George Hamblin because the latter refused to let them go to the park earlier in the day. However, Arnzen reportedly revealed that his animus towards his stepfather and stepsister ran deeper than the events of that day.

Arnzen reportedly told investigators that George Hamblin was “offensive” and often made his mother cry, “which he didn’t like.”

Regarding his stepsister, Arnzen reportedly said that Macayla Hamblin “always got him into trouble and accused him of stealing things that she stole and put in his room,” stressing his mother.

A judge appearing in court Monday reportedly set bail for both teenagers at $500,000. judge Karen Seubert is said to have commissioned the law firm Magyar, Rauch & Associates to represent Arnzen and the lawyer Rick Cuddihy to represent Marks in the case. Neither the law firm nor Cuddihy immediately responded to messages from Law&Crime.

Despite being charged as adults, Seubert allowed both teenagers to be housed at Lewiston Juvenile Correction Center, noting that if incarcerated in county jail both would be relegated to solitary confinement. Both are scheduled to appear in court again on March 9 for a preliminary hearing.

The teenagers, who are both reportedly students at Sacajawea Middle School, each face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.

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