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Father of two gunned down in Walterboro; 5 arrested

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Young's family place flowers in the spot where he was shot Saturday Young's family place flowers in the spot where he was shot Saturday
L to R: Jackson, Kirkland, Helton, Brown, Coleman (provided) L to R: Jackson, Kirkland, Helton, Brown, Coleman (provided)

By Nikki Gaskins
ngaskins@abcnews4.com

WALTERBORO, S.C. (WCIV) — For the second time in less than a week, Colleton County is the site of yet another deadly shooting.

Shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday, Walterboro police responded to a shooting near the intersection of Crosby and Francis streets.

Once on scene, they found 24-year-old Stephon Young lying in front of a mobile home park, the Pinebrook Community. The victim's mother, Cherise Green, says her son left behind a young son and daughter, ages 2 and 3.

Just one day after the shooting, Green and her family returned to the location of where her son was gunned down, placing flowers in front of the very spot he lost his life.

"He was gunned down in violence for no reason," said Green. "He was the only son I had, and regardless of his flaws or his wrongs or his rights, he was still my child. And nobody had the right to do the stuff they did to him."

On April 9, a young mother of three small children, 34-year-old Rebecca Dewitt, also died from gunfire. Deputies say Dewitt was caught in the crossfire after returning home from the store in Walterboro with her children. 

Investigators have since blamed that shooting on gangs fighting over territory.

"We're out here grieving. Other people might think it's a joke and that it's funny, this gang stuff, and that it's not real -- but it is," said Green. "We just got the call to come because he was shot, and when I got here my daughter saw him take his last breath with his eyes open."

Dominique Singleton lives across the street from the spot where Saturday's shooting happened and knew Young. She said she was returning home with her children when she saw him lying on the ground.

"I just can't imagine somebody would want to gun him down in the middle of the street like he was a stray dog," said Singleton. "My heart was just into my stomach because I couldn't believe what I was actually witnessing."

Neighbors say they heard about 10 gunshots the day Young was shot and said other innocent people could have gotten hurt.

"You saw children outside playing. You saw the people walking up and down the road. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon," said Singleton.

As she prepares to bury her only son, Green says neighbors and police need to do a better job of working together, making the community they call home safer.

"We need to stick together and pull together," stressed Green. "It's not going to take one person. It's not going take two people. It's going to take an army."

Green says her son would have turned 25-years-old on July 14.

Police say before the incident, Young and Errol Jackson met on Francis Street near Crosby Street with Desmond D. Kirkland, Lorenzo L. Helton, Marquay C. Brown, and Joey D. Coleman. An altercation ensued and the victim was shot. 

Police say Jackson came back to the scene where police took him into custody for questioning. Police say he is charged with obstruction of justice for tampering with evidence.

The other four who were involved, Kirkland, Helton, Brown and Coleman, met with officers at Walterboro Public Safety office a short time later. After conducting interviews, all four were arrested and charged with murder, according to police.

Police say the incident does not appear to be gang-related nor related to any other shooting that has occurred recently within Colleton County.

Police say they recovered three handguns. The specific details of the handguns, motive and other information is not available for release at this time, due to the ongoing investigation.

ABC News 4 will have more on this story as it develops.

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