ORANGE COUNTY - by Lauren Huet
A 40 year old Orange County woman has been charged with murder, as a neighborhood tries to make sense of a fatal shooting. Deputies say the suspect shot a 42 year old woman in Mauriceville Monday night, then followed another woman into a neighbor's home.
Wesley Dever has lived on Rogers Street in Mauriceville for six years. Monday night, Dever says he found himself face to face with a woman holding a gun.
"It's crazy," said Dever. "Last night I felt a little shooken up. Didn't really get much sleep. It was kinda-- everything was different."
Deputies say at about ten o'clock Monday night Amanda Parker went to an acquaintance's house in the 6900 block of Swisher Street in Mauriceville. Parker got into a fight with Natalie Little, who was visiting the acquaintance. Deputies say Pakrer shot little twice in the front yard.
The woman living in the house ran down the street to Dever's home in the 7800 block of Rogers Street.
"We hear what sounded like a firework, so we just walked on inside not thinking about it," said Dever. "Not ten minutes later a lady ran in. She said, 'call 911! My son, he's over there and somebody's been shot.' So, everyobody was trying to call 911. She was like, 'go check on my son! Go check on my son!'"
Dever says the suspect drove her truck into their yard, got out, and came into his family's house.
"She come in the house," said Dever. "I had my four year old niece in my hands and she was holding a gun to our head."
He and other family members wrestled the gun from Parker and restrained her.
"By the time we got the gun away, we already had two people from our house over there with the victim and we were on constant phone calls with 911," said Dever.
Krissy Peveto says Parker has been like a second mother to her.
"Whenever I got the news it was a shock, because it's not like her," said Peveto. "She's always just been so sweet to everybody and just a fun person to be around. She's never been crazy like that."
Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson says deputies don't believe drugs were involved, and law enforcement officers are trying to figure out a motive for the shooting.
"There's definitely some relationship there that we're trying to nail down as far as what kind of relationship it was," said Chief Deputy Hodgkinson. "Whether this was just mere acquantances, was it more relational as far as girlfriends."
Questions investigators are trying to answer while neighbors and friends try to make sense of what happened.
"I'm sorry for what happened over there, because it's friends, it's not just some people in the neighborhood. I've been over there a million times and hung out with them," said Dever.
"My heart goes out to the family of the victim," said Peveto.
Parker is being held on a one million dollar bond.