Boy, Man Shot Dead in Farmhouse Shooting

Police surround a house in Marcus Hook while searching for suspect in Montco farmhouse murders

By Tim Persinko and Teresa Masterson
|  Monday, Jul 4, 2011  |  Updated 4:31 PM EDT
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Police are searching for the gunman who shot five people inside a home in Douglass Township. A 2-year-old boy is among the victims who were killed.

NBCPhiladelphia.com - Cydney Long

Police are searching for the gunman who shot five people inside a home in Douglass Township. A 2-year-old boy is among the victims who were killed.

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Police SWAT teams have surrounded a Delaware County home Monday, saying they believe a "person of interest" in the shooting of five people, and the deaths of a 2-year-old boy and 43-year-old man, is in the house.

The double-fatal shooting happened Saturday night in Douglass Township. Police say a hitman may be responsible for the shootings.

The Montgomery County District Attorney’s office and Douglass Township police say the shooting at the rural home left a man and child dead and critically injured three other people.

It happened around 11 p.m. on 50 Renninger Road in Douglass Township. It was a 911 call from inside the secluded farmhouse by a female victim that alerted authorities to the shooting massacre.

Officers arriving on the scene discovered all five victims shot in the head. The owners of the house Paul Shay, 64, and Monica Shay, 58, of New York City, both sustained critical gunshot injuries. 

Another victim, Kathrynn Erdmann (pictured left), 37, of Fall River, Mass., was in critical condition Sunday. Her son, Gregory, age 2, was killed.

The other fatal victim was Joseph Shay, 43, of Yarmouth, Massachusetts.

Authorities said none of the surviving victims were able to speak to investigators.

On Sunday morning, a helicopter and SWAT officers from the Chestmont and North Penn response teams conducted a grid search of the area. Law enforcement advised area residents to stay in their homes during the sweeps.

A SWAT team surrounded a house in Marcus Hook, Pa. Monday morning, with a "person of interest" inside, police say.

There are no arrests at this time.


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