Mother admits fatally shooting her 8-year-old daughter and stepfather, cops say

Alyssa Torres
Alyssa Torres Port St. Lucie Police Department

A Port St. Lucie woman confessed to fatally shooting her 8-year-old daughter and stepfather early Monday at an apartment/townhouse complex, police say.

At a Monday afternoon news conference, Port St. Lucie police said Alyssa Torres will be charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of her 8-year-old daughter and 54-year-old stepfather Felix Rivera and one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

The alleged victim on that last charge, Torres’ mother Marisol Rivera, named her daughter as the shooter after police arrived at the Waterleaf Townhomes Apartments around 12:30 a.m. Monday. Torres had left the complex by the time police arrived.

Police said announced that she was taken into custody around 10:30 a.m., in the 7300 block of Indian River Drive in Fort Pierce.

Though they didn’t yet say what led to the shooting, “she appears to have acted alone,” Port St. Lucie Sgt. Det. Terry Henkel said Monday afternoon.

Police said as for previous calls to the residence, there had been “nothing criminal. There have been disturbances involving family members.”

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