LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. - A man who apparently was breaking up with one of his daughters’ mothers used a rifle to kill his two young girls and then shot himself to death at an upstate campground, authorities said.
The girls, ages 3 and 10, may have been sleeping when Adam Parcells shot them Monday night, Warren County Sheriff Bud York said.
Nobody reported hearing the shootings, which happened after a rainy day that saw many people leave at the end of the long Labor Day weekend.
The family had been staying in a tent at the 168-acre Adirondack Camping Village, 50 miles north of Albany near the village of Lake George, a popular summertime tourist destination, he said. The bodies were found there by the campground owner yesterday morning.
That was four days after 10-year-old Noel Parcells’s mother reported her missing to Rochester police. Also killed was 3-year-old Mia Parcells.
Adam Parcells, 29, was from Hilton, in western New York. The girls were his children by different mothers, and Mia’s mother was separating from him, York said.
“I’m sure there’s a huge history in the Rochester area,’’ York said. “We’ll have to get that from out there.’’