One woman is dead and another in jail after a fatal shooting in Orange County on July 7, deputies report.
According to a news release from the Orange County Sheriff's Office, on Monday at about 10:06 p.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call in reference to a shooting in the 6900 block of Swisher Street in Mauriceville.
When deputies arrived, they found a 42-year-old victim with a gunshot wound to her head. According to OCSO, the victim, later identified as Natalie Jeanne Little of Mauriceville, was still alive at the time. Emergency medical personnel arrived on the scene and transported her to Baptist Hospital in Orange where she was pronounced dead a short time later.
The deputies located 40-year-old Amanda Lee Parker of Mauriceville at a residence in the 7800 block of Roger Street, an address near where the victim had been shot. Police detained her at the time, and detectives gathered evidence and statements from witnesses at the scene before arresting Parker on murder charges. She was arraigned on the morning of July 8 by Judge David Peck and is being held at the Orange County Jail on $1 million bond.
Parker was arrested after witnesses reportedly told detectives that the incident began when Parker went to a residence in the 6900 block of Swisher Street in Mauriceville where the shooting later occurred. Upon her arrival, deputies report, Parker was met outside in the front yard by the victim, who did not live at the residence. A verbal argument ensued and Parker pulled out a handgun, shooting the victim twice with the revolver, according to OCSO. After fatally wounding the first victim, Parker then chased a female resident, who ran to a neighbor’s house in the 7800 block of Roger Street. The woman told neighbors at the home that she was being chased and to call 9-1-1. When Parker entered the home behind the female, the residents in the home were able to restrain the suspect and take the weapon away from her. Deputies arrived shortly after and took Parker into custody.
The cause for the shooting is still under investigation, and an autopsy has been ordered, OCSO reports. When asked what the suspected shooter and victim were arguing about just prior to the shots being fired, OCSO Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson said that is still under investigation and no other details could be released at this time.