Maurice Louis, 29, was arrested and charged with four counts of murder on an account of shooting the deaths of his own mother, 51-year-old Janet Woodson, his step-father, 56-year-old Les Holmes, and his two half-brothers, 18-year-old Sy-eed Woodson and 7-year-old Leslie Holmes.

The eldest son of the slain family inside their home in Philadelphia has been accused of shooting and killing the entire family. Sources said that the suspect confessed to buying the shotgun used to shot his relatives just hours before the murder.

According to NBC10, Louis had purchased a shotgun, took the subway home with the weapon and proceeded to shoot each of his family members in the head once returned to their home Tuesday night on Walton Avenue.

Maurice Louis
Maurice Louis confessed to killing his family in their home. Philadelphia Police Department

Janet Woodson and Les Holmes’ employer grew extremely worried when the couple didn't show up to their job at a nursing facility Wednesday. The employer proceeded to call 911 shortly after 12:30 p.m. to request a well-being check.

Upon arriving at the Woodson-Holmes residence at around 1:15 p.m., the police were in shock upon opening the door to the gruesome discovery of the victims' bodies scattered throughout the house. Janet Woodson's body was found first located by the front door. Her husband’s body was found on the first floor by the basement door. Their 18-year-old son's body was found in a bedroom on the second floor while the body of the 7-year-old son was found in the kitchen, Philadelphia Police Department said in their findings.

Investigators added that Louis was discovered inside the home drinking from a bottle of vodka and sitting next to a rifle case in a second-floor bedroom when he was taken into custody. The weapon was also located at the home.

The family's neighbor Bernadine Mills told NBC10, "They brought him out and he was handcuffed and he didn't have any clothes on." Unaware of the events that had unfolded, Mills asked, "Why are you taking him? He lives there." "And I didn't know until the ladies told me," she concluded.

Relatives told reporters that Woodson and Holmes had gotten married in April 2018 and, recently, spent time with their two youngest sons in Florida.

On Wednesday night, police made the announcement that Louis had been charged with four counts of homicide after confessing to killing his family. He was arraigned on murder counts Thursday morning and is being held without bail.

Friends and family gathered near the family's home to pray and comfort each other during this time of mourning. Family friend Renita Geddes told NBC10, "I'm just hoping I wake up and this is all a bad dream."

According to the relatives of the victims, Louis was depressed and schizophrenic and had not been taking his medication when the shooting took place, NBC10 reported.