CHARLESTON, BRADLEY COUNTY (WRCB) -- Life in Charleston is moving forward after a violent tragedy rocked the small town Friday morning.
"The shooter arrived here and shot his wife, his son and the son's friend. It's believed the shooter then killed himself," said Bob Gault during a press meeting, Friday.
"Tragedy, that's all I got to say about it is tragedy," says neighbor John Hayes.
Hayes was on his way to fix the Boling's fence early Friday, but he says a caravan of emergency vehicles stopped him in his tracks.
"I seen the Life Force take off and I knew something serious was going on," says Hayes.
However, no one imagined what investigators had to say next.
Investigators say Charles Boling Sr. shot and killed his wife, Gail, his son Charles Boling Jr. and his son's partner, Kenneth Kilgore before turning the gun on himself.
"Scary, down right scary," Hayes says. "You just never know, you just never know."
Contrary to speculation that Charles Jr's relationship with his partner Kenneth Kilgore may have ignited the shooting, those closest to the family tell Channel 3 Gail had been a part of an abusive relationship with her husband Charles Sr. for years and she routinely found refuge in her son's home on Baker Ridge Road.
A source close to the family says Charles Sr. walked into the house Friday morning and immediately began shooting. Gail was shot first, then Charles Jr. They say Kenneth heard the shots and was running for his gun but was shot in the back and chest.
He later made it to a phone and called 911.
"This is heartbreaking and I just hope they can get some kind of closure if it's possible out of the future ya know, cause this is a tragedy," says Hayes.
The Bradley County Sheriffs Department says autopsies on all three victims have been conducted. However, the Medical Examiner's Office says the final results may not be available for a couple of months.