CLYO, GA (WTOC) - One man is dead and two women injured after a triple shooting in Effingham County.
Cameron Anthony Edwards, 22, was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds at the Goldwire Community Center on Stilwell Clyo Road Sunday morning, and two 32-year-old women, one from Port Wentworth and one from Columbia, South Carolina, were injured. Effingham County Sheriff's deputies say they were treated for their injuries and released.
According to an Effingham County Sheriff's Office incident report, a deputy was dispatched to the center at 12:42 a.m. Sunday and saw "approximately 19 vehicles leaving from the area at a high rate of speed."
The report states when the deputy arrived, there was a large crowd gathered at the building's front door and several people still fleeing from the scene.
"As I approached the victim lying on the ground in the doorway, it was obvious that he was deceased from gunshot wounds," the deputy reported. "A female was holding the victim's head. I advised her I needed her to get up, and no one could touch the body in an attempt to preserve the crime scene."
Scherric Edwards, Cameron's mom, described the days since she learned about her son's death as full of pain, chaos and disappointment.
"The call that I wish no mother on this side of God's creation ever has to get again. I pray no one ever have to get that call that someone just took their child's life."
Edwards' older sister, Chyna, who was originally going to the party with him, says the shooting was unexpected and devastating.
"They took my heart from me, and I don't understand why," Chyna said. "That was my best friend, but every time I get up and I look in the mirror, I see him. We look just alike, and that hurts, that I can see him but I can't talk to him. He won't come and talk to me and I just want him to say my name just one more time. I miss my brother so very much."
According to the incident report the people involved in the shooting were not strangers to one another. Scherric said the shooter targeted her son.
"He and the guy were just beefing over a year-and-a-half, for over a year-and-a-half now," she said. "Just all I got was a call, 12:40 something that morning saying, 'They shot him. He's gone.' They just said someone called him to come out the door, and as he went out the door, someone was standing there with a gun. He saw him and tried to go back in, and they opened fire. They opened fire."
Even if there was some sort of contentious disagreement, both say they never thought an argument could end like this.
"Whatever the beef was, if he had just sat down and talked to Cameron, it would have been resolved," Scherric said. "If they could've talked man to man, it would have been resolved. Violence? No. I'm not saying he never got mad or never got angry. He was human, but he had a tender heart."
Chyna said, "It was unexpected because on his terms, he thought that everything had died down. He did genuinely in his heart. He thought everything had died down."
Even with no arrests made, Scherric says she's confident she knows who shot her son.
"Without a doubt," she said. "Without a doubt. Without a doubt, but I'm going to let them do their job. I'm going to trust and believe that they're going to do the right thing and get it done to where we can get a conviction, get some justice for Cameron. His death won't be in vain."
The Effingham County Sheriff's Office impounded a black Kia sedan and black Chevy Tahoe after the shooting.
As of Tuesday morning, deputies said there are no persons of interest or suspects, and the investigation is ongoing.