DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP — Police in Wayne County are investigating an early morning shooting that left two people dead and another injured.
That shooting caused a lot of commotion Monday morning in Damascus Township, about 20 miles outside Honesdale. But, investigators say it is an isolated incident that may be a murder-suicide with two people dead, and another injured.
Newswatch 16 found troopers placing evidence markers along a trail of blood on Cemetery Road in Damascus Township. The blood trail led to a home on the end of the road.
State police said Toby Johannes went to the house to get help after being shot in his stomach and arm. Johannes was taken to the hospital.
Then, state police began to search another home about a quarter of a mile up Cemetery Road, finding two bodies.
Police said they found Kristina Adams, who had died of a single gun shot wound, then, Rodney Ezrapour, who appeared to have shot himself.
Neighbors said Ezrapour was the boyfriend of Adam’s mother and, that Ezrapour was well-known for founding a charity that helps children whose parents have cancer.
Investigators would not share what they’ve learned so far about the shooting victims and why this may have happened, just that it appears to be a case of domestic violence and the public is not in danger.
Neighbors, though, were still rattled by the news and kept a watchful eye on the home.
“It was a little unnerving, I first thought it was a car accident. Usually the biggest things that happen up here is somebody getting injured or possibly a child with a pool. This, I never expected,” said neighbor Nancy Gimeranez.
Adding to neighbors’ confusion, Troopers also searched another property on Cemetery Road, later, towing a mini-van from the spot.
There are still a lot of unanswered questions for people in the tight-knit community of Damascus, such as whether or not the shooting was in fact a murder-suicide, and what could have led to it.
“You don’t know what state of mind the person was in. You don’t know about heartbreak, was it a cause? Were they thinking there was no other way out? But, unfortunately, there has to be another way,” added Gimeranez.
State police are still investigating and have not officially ruled the shooting a murder-suicide.
The third victim, Toby Johannes, was treated and released from Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton.