First he heard yelling, then gunshots. From the window of his Monroe County apartment, Chris Victor saw the flashes of gunfire in his neighbor's window late Monday night.
He didn't stick around. Victor called police and went to a nearby gas station to wait for them to arrive.
Soon after, police found Victoria Marie Adams, 21, and Sidney Michael Parrish, her 2-year-old son, dead in their Effort apartment along Route 115.
Michael J. Parrish, 23, Sidney's father and the murder suspect, was long gone, according to police reports. Parrish, charged with homicide and related offenses, was still at large Tuesday night and may be armed, police said.
Parrish lived in the apartment with Adams and the toddler, according to police reports. Officers gave no comment as to motive or how the killings occurred.
State police at Fern Ridge responded to a 10:50 p.m. report of gunfire at Parrish's apartment at 2037 Route 115, police said. Officers taped off the two-story house Tuesday morning and searched the second floor, where Adams and her child lived. Several officers searched the yard and the creek behind the property.
Next door, Victor sat at his window, watching the police work. He said he heard yelling and banging from the house around 11 p.m. Monday night, and when he moved to the window to watch, he heard gunfire and saw several flashes from his neighbor's second-floor windows.
Shortly after, a man ran from the house, he said. Victor dialed police and heard the sounds of a car leaving his neighbor's driveway.
Victor heard more sounds of movement from the house and saw lights being turned off and on, he said. He heard one more loud bang, though he couldn't be sure it was a gunshot.
Police soon arrived, he said, and questioned him around 3 a.m.
Victor didn't know the victims -- they kept to themselves, he said. Indeed, no one on the street knew Victoria Adams and her son personally, and many said they had never seen anything like this in Effort, a village of a few intersections along Route 115 in Chestnuthill Township.
Across the street, neighbor and store owner Jeff Fisher, 56, said he didn't know anything had occurred until he saw the police at Parrish's apartment. Although he was aware the house was a rental, he didn't know anyone lived there.
"It's a big thing for downtown Effort," Fisher said.
Joseph Parrish, Michael J. Parrish's father, said he has not spoken to his son in three years.
Everything seemed to be going OK the last time he talked with his son, said Parrish, of Brooklyn, N.Y. He added he was "very surprised" and said his son has never been violent in front of him.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun