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Two girls shot by father in apparent murder-suicide, police say

Adirondack Camping Village, located about two miles north of Lake George on Finkle Road, was the site of an apparent murder-suicide Monday night in which a man from western New York killed his two young daughters.
Photo by Thom Randall

Adirondack Camping Village, located about two miles north of Lake George on Finkle Road, was the site of an apparent murder-suicide Monday night in which a man from western New York killed his two young daughters. Photo by Thom Randall Photo by Thom Randall.

— York said when Parcells shot himself, he probably fell against the tent side, pulling the tent down around the three of them.

York said that no one interviewed at the campground Monday said they’d seen or heard shots, but that the rainfall may have muffled the sound.

The gun Parcells used, a Hi-Point .45 caliber rifle, was purchased in July at Dick’s Sporting Goods in a store in the Rochester area.

York said that state Police in the Rochester area were participating in the investigation, which is ongoing. He added that an autopsy was to be performed Sept. 7 at Albany Medical Center.

A couple that was camping not far away from the apparent murder-suicide scene said Tuesday they’d seen Parcells when they went past the campsite at about 3:30 p.m. Monday in the pouring rain.

“He looked like an average working guy, an average Joe,” the man said, requesting that his name not be published. “It’s really awful to hear about those children — they had their whole life ahead of them and he took it away,” he said.

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