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Update: Beach goers witness triple homicide
JEFFERSON COUNTY-By: Leslie Rangel
Three people are dead following a shooting on McFaddin beach late this afternoon.
Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department are investigating.
They want to find out why the gunman shot a mother in the face in front of her children and other beach goers.
More than a dozen emergency vehicles and famliy members of victims flooded the shore on McFaddin Beach Sunday afternoon.
"We heard the pops we thought were fireworks," Ben Quinn, a witness says.
"We heard it was about 4-5 shots and they said what is that?" his girlfriend added.
They weren't fireworks, but gunshots.
Deputy Rod Carroll says they got a call at around 4:30 Sunday afternoon that shots had been fired. He says when they got to the scene, three people were dead.
People nearby ran to help during the chaos.
"We saw the first 2 folks that had been shot and the 3rd guy that was hit was still concious and alert," Quinn says.
But by the time ambulances showed up, it was too late. Investigators say he'd been shot twice in the chest and multiple times in his arms.
Witnesses say 2 little girls, daughters of the woman shot came running for help.
"Two of the little girls of the victim were just terrified of course and he brought them to me and we kept them safe," Ben's girlfriend says.
Deputies have not confirmed any relationships yet, but witnesses say it was evident.
"There was nothing they could do for the mom and that was the worst because we were teling the kids that there could be some chance and they're like no, she got shot in the face it was horrible," his girlfriend told us.
A killing that left two men dead, a mother killed, and others in shock.
"very scary, to know something could happen like that so close to us to where we're watching it happen," Ben's girlfriend says.
Stay with KFDM.com for more developments.