Franklin shooting shocks community

Police report a shooting on Bridlewood Drive in Franklin, Ind. on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. (WISH photo)
Police report a shooting on Bridlewood Drive in Franklin, Ind. on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. (WISH photo)

FRANKLIN, Ind. (WISH) – It’s a crime that has sent shockwaves through a central Indiana community.

Police say 21-year-old Andrew Parish opened fire in his ex-girlfriend’s home killing two people before taking his own life.

People who knew Parish say he was a well-mannered young man. They’re shocked at the violent scene he caused in a quiet, Franklin neighborhood.

Tammy Cooper called 911 Monday night to report a suspicious vehicle.  She had no idea she knew its driver.

“And he’s friends with my kids.  So, it’s just really hard,” Cooper said.

She remembers the vehicle flying down her road then quickly reversing between two grain bins at 2515 East County Road 400 North.

“We don’t know why people do what they do,” she said.

Her father lives next door and heard the commotion.

“But, it came in so fast and then he backed into the middle of the dryer, out of sight,” said Clay Curtis.

Little did Cooper and her father know, the damage had already been done.

Police say Parish was fleeing the scene of a multiple shooting in the 220 block of Bridlewood Drive.

“I don’t know if I have words for it.  It’s just something you hope never to see again,” said Franklin Police Chief Timothy O’Sullivan.

Police found 19-year-old Sara Davidson dead at the scene. Ernest Jasper, 46, died late Tuesday morning at U Health Methodist hospital.  He was a neighbor who had gone over to help Monday night.

“I’m sure that’s what he was doing because that’s the kind of man he is.  I’m very, very sorry for them.  They’re  a very good family and everyone likes them.  It is a horrible, horrible loss for them,” Cooper said.

They believe Parish’s actions were planned out after finding a vague suicide note in his bedroom.

“It’s just a sad day in Johnson County and unfortunately we may  have these types of incidents once a year.  But, once is once too many as far as we’re all concerned,” said Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox.

“Trying to process.  And I am sad.  I am very sad for all of them,” said Cooper.

Police continue to search for a motive.  This is an ongoing investigation.

This is Johnson County’s first murder of 2014.

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