Stepdad Confesses to Murdering 3 Teens: Source

Cops caught the man on Wednesday night in a Bensalem motel

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    Axel Baretto has been formally charged with the murders of three teens in Juniata who were allegedly in a dispute with his stepsons (Published Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012)

    Three teens are dead and another was injured after a 30-year-old stepfather opened fire on a car full of kids who came over to fistfight his three stepsons Tuesday night, according to police.

    A source tell NBC Philadelphia that Axel Barreto has confessed to opening fire on the car, killing three teens inside.

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    Three teens are dead after a man allegedly opened fire on a car full of teens on Wednesday night. Mayor Nutter was disgusted by the shooting and spoke about it Thursday. (Published Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012)

    Authorities apprehended Axel Barreto Wednesday night after a tip caller led them to a Bensalem, Pa. motel. Barreto was with a woman at the time he was picked up -- a woman he has been having an affair with and he didn't want his wife to know about, according to a source.

    Thursday morning the man accused of killing three 14-year-olds was formally charged with their murders.

    Juniata Shooting Suspect in Custody

    [PHI] Juniata Shooting Suspect in Custody
    The stepfather accused of shooting four teens and killing three was apprehended by police in a Bensalem motel. (Published Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012)

    Police say that around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, seven teens got in a car and drove over to a house on the 1500 block of E Luzerne Street in the Juniata section of Philadelphia. There, Barreto was waiting with a semi-automatic in the driveway, cops said. 

    Barreto allegedly fired about a dozen shots into the car full of kids, according to authorities.

    Suspect Arrested in Killing of 3 Teens

    [PHI] Suspect Arrested in Killing of 3 Teens
    A man accused of shooting four teenagers was in police custody Wednesday night less than 24 hours after police say Axel Barreto shot four teens, killing three boys. (Published Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012)

    Four of the seven teens were hit, according to police. Two of the teens, Javier Orlandi and Joshua Soto, were pronounced dead at St. Christopher’s Hospital just before 11 p.m. Tuesday.

    Dante Lugo was critically injured and died in the hospital Wednesday night, police said. 

    4 Teens Shot Over Possible Facebook Dispute

    [PHI] 4 Teens Shot Over Possible Facebook Dispute
    Axel Barreto is accused of killing two teens and injuring two others when he opened fire on a car full of kids, police said. Barreto is believed to be the stepfather of three teens who were involved in a dispute that allegedly started on Facebook. (Published Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012)

    The 16-year-old driver was in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery. His neck was grazed by a bullet, according to authorities.

    The three other teens who had been in the car were talking with police, helping them figure out the chain of events leading up to the deadly shooting. Police say that someone in the car received a call asking them to meet in the driveway.

    2 Teens Dead, 1 Critical in Juniata Shooting

    [PHI] 2 Teens Dead, 1 Critical in Juniata Shooting
    Family and friends await word on their 14-year-old friend outside St. Christopher's Hospital. He was shot, along with three other teens in a parked car. Two of those teens have died. (Published Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012)

    Authorities say the shooting was a result of an argument between teens from two different neighborhoods that began on Facebook. It's unknown where they went to school.

    Anyone with information regarding this case contact Philadelphia Police at 215.686.3334 or call 911.

    Victim JOSHUA SOTO:


    Friends of the victims put together this collage of photos Wednesday: