TIMMONSVILLE, S.C. – Florence County sheriff's deputies who responded to the May 31 shooting deaths of three people, and wounding of two others, arrived at a neighbor's residence where one of the victims had gone to call for help.

Florence County Communications received the initial call at 1:42 a.m. when the neighbor reported that Bobby Jackson was at his house and had been shot and said that his family had all been shot.

"The neighbor did not know if the shooter was still inside or not," according to the incident report.

Deputies were en route at 1:44 a.m. and arrived at the neighbor's house at 1:56 a.m.

At least five deputies worked to clear and secure 544 Chaney Grove Road; they found no suspect but did find three bodies, according to the report.

Dead inside the house were 39-year-old Cheresse Lutricia Jackson and two daughters, Nykerria Shanyia Jackson, 14, and Breyanna Priscilla Jackson, 11, all of Timmonsville, according to Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken.

Jackson and an 8-year-old daughter survived.

Sardis-Timmonsville firefighters were the first medical responders to arrive, and they treated the survivors – while the 8-year old was held by a deputy – until medics with Florence County EMS could arrive and take them to a hospital.

The 8-year-old eventually was transferred to the Medical University of South Carolina where she was treated for several days, discharged and escorted by deputies back to Timmonsville.

Jackson has also been discharged. Both Jackson and his daughter face challenges along their road to recovery, said S.C. Rep. Robert Williams, who is speaking for the family.

"Bobby stated that he did not know who shot him and his family. Bobby stated that the only thing he could think of was that Cheresse had been having problems with a guy and told him that she did not feel safe at home alone at night, so he had been staying with her," according to the report.

Two of the responding deputies were called away from the scene later in the morning to a report of another possible murder. The report doesn't indicate where that call was, but deputies are investigating a second killing that took place that morning on North Williston Road.

Antwain Lashawn Adams, 35, of 214 Chappel Drive, Bishopville, was arrested at 1:23 p.m. and is charged with three counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder, said Maj. Mike Nunn of the Florence County Sheriff's Office.

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