Suspected Gunman That Shot Manhattan Couple In Pa. Is Dead

GILBERTSVILLE, Pa. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New York City resident and a 2-year-old boy were shot execution-style in a rural home in suburban Philadelphia. Two other New Yorker were among three other people critically injured in the shooting.

Now police are investigating the death of the suspected shooter. Pennsylvania police surrounded a house in a neighboring county and, after a neary six-hour standoff, shot and killed suspected gunman Mark Geisenheyner, they said, as he pointed a gun at them, reports CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman.

Authorities believe Geisenheyner went to the home to rob it, our colleagues at reported.

The incident started late Saturday when police were called to the residence in Douglass Township in Montgomery County, about 30 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

“What we’ve learned through the investigation is that, for the past 15 months or so, Mark Geisenheyner had been planning to break into this home, to steal and to kill Paul Shay,” Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said.

Police said they believe that Geisenheyner and Paul Shay had been involved in some kind of insurance scam that resulted in Geisenheyner, but not Paul Shay, going to prison in 2006.

Authorities said Geisenheyner came out for revenge against Shay, but that there were other people in the house.

“We understand that he was surprised by the number of individuals there,” Ferman said. “Still, we believe, he took those shots in any case, and then escaped from the residence.”

First Assistant District Attorney Kevin R. Steele identified the dead Sunday as 43-year-old Joseph Shay, of New York City and Yarmouth, Mass., and 2-year-old Gregory Erdmann, of Fall River, Mass.

The boy’s mother, 37-year-old Kathryn Erdmann, was shot in the head and is listed in critical condition. Also critically injured were the homeowners, 64-year-old Paul Shay and 58-year-old Monica Shay, of New York City.

The Shays live in the East Village. Paul Shay owns a plumbing company. Monica Shay works at the Pratt Institute.

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  • NeS

    I notcied that everyone saw someone get killed and completely forgot about the rest of the story, where there were TWO bad guys that commited FRAUD. One of them went to jail while the other one lived his life out side walls. The one that went to jail resented it all came back and out and deicded to pay back the guy for letting him take the fall… Story of a life time.

  • Wolf

    All guns should have a GPS tracking device installed so when they are stolen they can be tracked down. Might not solve the problem entirely, but it would help. Its too easy to buy stolen guns in big cities, and when crazies get released the first thing they do is buy a gun and shoot someone.

    • TOWG

      You sir are a moron.

  • Gregory

    This story reminds me of the drug ridden psychopath who murdered those in a LI drugstore just for a supply of drugs. It seems that no one can be trusted and no place is really safe unless extreme precautions are taken.

    May God comfort those killed and injured. May the gunman scream in the depths of Hell.

  • nathan

    ” Authorities believe Geisenheyer went to the home to rob it…” Geisenheyer who? Could we have a first name please? Did you forget a sentence or a whole paragraph? Is anybody paying attention up there on this holiday?

    • nathans brother

      i agree brother

  • HP

    How about the ex of the female and father of the baby.

  • Dean the Dream

    A gun in the hands of a bad man is a bad thing, any gun, in the hands of a good man, is no threat to anyone, except bad people

    • The White Knight

      There are Good Men? I challenge you to name one. “when the chips are down…these ahh.. these civilized people. They’ll eat each other!…”. The White Knight.

  • Wolf

    Who kills people execution style at a farmhouse? Kinda reminds me of a Truman Capote Novel… In Cold Blood. If not than it was probably drug related.

    • FICTION kills

      Gotta get rid of those Snuff videos. They’re a bad influence, as well as Agatha Christie, and Horror movies. Why? Because there’s a LOT of loonies out there who aren’t operating with a full deck. Amazing how people sit in subway trains reading FICTION, tomes and tomes of FICTION. WAKE THE EFF UP, PEOPLE!!

  • c0re

    who the hell shoots a two year old!? in the head at that, I hope this dies the slowest most painful death imaginable

  • Truth

    And so the second amendment murders two more innocents.

    • Steve

      And so the First Amendment exposes your ignorance.

    • Investigage NWO/globalists

      Idiotic reference to our 2nd Amendment!

    • Brian

      No, no, no. It’s not the legal guns that kill people, it’s the illegal ones. If you’re going to go off on gun control, be aware that all you can do is remove the legal ones, and do nothing about the illegal ones.

      In other words, it’s all about your fear and need for control, it’s not about justice or reality.

      • Joyce Crain

        BRIAN,You my friend hit the hammer square on the firing pin—-kudos to you for your logic and intelligence, that so little of our citizenry seem to possess. Guns don’t kill people—people kill people, and they use guns bought off the street! WELL DONE———————WILLIAM

    • jodejr

      No, It’s the 2nd amendment that could have saved them if only the victims had executed their 2nd amendment rights.You clearly don’t get it.

      • SteveD

        Sorry, you’re the one that doesn’t get it. Gun control and better tracking technologies will cut the overall number of guns period. There are no guns that are illegal to start with – all of the illegal ones start out legal, but there are way too many of them and way too little control of them, so lots end up as illegal ones in the hands of thugs and crazies. Everyone armed is a very dangerous situation that will lead to mayhem, Some (but not all) good people armed for self-proection with guns that only they can fire and very strict gun control laws to keep the supply down to what those people really need is the answer. Ammunition control too – there’s only so much that’s really needed by the good guys.

  • nathan

    Too bad Mr Goebbels wasnt in that house.

  • george

    maybe if there were such NAZI/SOVIET-style gun restrictions, then the victims in this murder might have been allowed a chance to defend themselves

  • local wacko

    Probably some local psycho killer

  • J

    Probably an illegal gun was used. What a shame. These people should face medieval justice

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