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Mom, two children shot to death in South Carolina home identified

Man shoots and kills woman, 2 children, injures another child, before killing himself near St. Matthews

ST MATTHEWS, S.C. — The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate a shooting incident that occurred Sunday, May 17, that left four people dead and one injured.

According to reports, Calhoun County Sheriff's deputies responded to residence near St. Matthews just after 7:00 pm Sunday and discovered the bodies of four people who were killed by gunshots.

Calhoun County Sheriff Thomas Summers says an apparent domestic argument turned violent when a 37-year-old St. Matthews man killed three family members before turning the gun on himself. 

Calhoun County Coroner Donnie Porth reports that Shanta Singleton, 37, and her children Essence Stroman, 15, and Trevay Stroman, 12, were found deceased at the residence. 

Two other children at the residence during the time of the shooting were able to escape, one was unharmed, the other sustained a gunshot wound to the arm and was treated at a local hospital.

Gabriel Jordan, 37, died of a self-inflicted gun shot wound.

“Any incident involving the loss of life is tragic, but in this case the senseless violence is unimaginable,” said Sheriff Summers. “This entire family and the community are grieving over this senseless act. No one should be capable of this level of violence.”

The Sheriff added that there is no active threat to the community. Sheriff Summers said that domestic violence and mental health are serious issues and that help is always available.

The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Calhoun County Coroner’s Office are continuing to investigate.

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LINK: National Domestic Violence Hotline. Get help today

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