"It might be me."
An Indian student has been arrested for allegedly murdering his grandparents and uncle at their home in New Jersey, USA.
According to police, 23-year-old Om Brahmbhatt was at the property when they were investigating a shooting at around 9 am on November 27, 2023.
Middlesex County’s Prosecutor’s Office said:
“An investigation determined early on that there was no threat to the public and this was not a random act of violence.
“The perpetrator Om Brahmbhatt, 23, of South Plainfield, resided with the victims and was found at the residence when authorities arrived at the scene.”
When police arrived at the property, Dilipkumar Brahmbhatt, his wife Bindu Brahmbhatt and their son Yashkumar Brahmbhatt were found dead.
Om moved to New Jersey to study and had been living with his relatives for approximately a year.
Some relatives have claimed Dilipkumar insisted that Om move to the United States.
After the shooting, the student called the police.
When police arrived and asked who did it, Om said:
“It might be me.”
Om was taken into custody and charged with three counts of first-degree murder.
Reportedly, the triple murder was committed with a handgun Om purchased online.
During his court appearance. Om had a seemingly calm demeanour.
South Plainfield Police Department is leading the investigation. Meanwhile, Om is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Facility.
The police complaint says Om confessed to shooting his grandparents while they slept in their bedroom.
He then went to another bedroom and shot his uncle several times.
Police said Om was jobless and had a “history of chronic unemployment.”
It remains unclear why he committed the crime.
It is reported that the family were not well known in the area.
Neighbours at the Traditions apartment complex, which is home to many young families who emigrated from India, hope security cameras may help with the investigation.
Victor Orozco told NBC New York: “There’s cameras all over and there are cameras coming in and out of the complex and every building has cameras outside and inside the breezeway.
“So hopefully that can help.”
This is not the first time police have been called to the property.
Jim Short, who lives upstairs from the unit where the three people were found dead, said:
“I didn’t really know them, I just know one time the police were there for a domestic violence call.
“Can happen anywhere but it is really creepy, it’s right downstairs.”