UPDATE: A Bradley County family is receiving some answers about their son's death. More than a week ago, 20-year-old MaKlain Lawson and his friend were shot at a home in Polk County.

Three teens now face felony murder and especially aggravated robbery charges in connection to the case. Two are juveniles. 

MaKlain Lawson loved wrestling and playing football. Family members said the 20 year old brought joy to anyone who crossed his path.

"He was that light in the room when he was with you and even when he wasn't with you. So, there's a big hole. A big space to fill for a lot of his family," Tim Lawson, the victim's father said.

It's a void his dad said will forever be left in their hearts. He learned from another family member that his son had been shot at a home on Highway 411 in Delano.

"You just think you're going to wake up. It was early in the morning, obviously, and i think it's just a nightmare. It's just one that's continued," Lawson said.

His son later died at a hospital. His son's friend was also shot and is recovering.

Police believe two seventeen year olds and an eighteen year old from the Athens area are responsible for what happened.

"You have three lives, three young men there on the scene, the victims, their families are devastated and we've got three more families that are devastated by their young sons making some bad choices," Sheriff Steve Ross of the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

Sheriff Steve Ross said they all knew each other. He said an argument broke out over marijuana, which led to 18-year-old Robert Benton firing his gun.

Authorities pulled him over in Putnam County for speeding. They picked up one of the 17-year-old suspects at his Athens home. The other turned himself in.

"It's a tragedy even if it wasn't my son, this is a tragedy. It didn't need to happen," Lawson said.

As Lawson prepares to lay his son to rest this weekend, he's struggling to find forgiveness. He said MaKlain had a bright future ahead of him and was pursuing a degree at Cleveland State.

"We'll never know now," Lawson said.

The district attorney told Channel 3 he is considering charging the two minors involved as adults. For now, they are being held at a juvenile detention center.


UPDATE: Three people have been arrested in connection to a deadly shooting in Polk County. 

The shooting happened on January 10 at a home on Highway 411 in Delano.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office said three people arrived at the property for a transaction of property but at some point in the negotiation an altercation broke out. One suspect pulled out a firearm and started shooting. Charles D. Buffkin and Timothy Maklain Lawson were shot. Timothy Lawson died from his injuries. 

The sheriff's office said two of the suspects are juveniles but are charged with Felony Murder and Especially Aggravated Robbery. Eighteen year old Robert Benton is also charged in connection to the case and faces the same charges.                                                       


UPDATE: Polk County deputies are investigating what led to the county's first deadly shooting of the year. It happened just before midnight on Wednesday at a home on Highway 411 in Delano.

The Sheriff said two people were shot inside the home. One later died from his injuries.

Investigators are still piecing together what led to the shooting, but a 9-1-1 call for help is giving us some answers.

"911. What's the location of your emergency?," the 9-1-1 dispatcher said.
"I need to report a shooting. I need to report a shooting," the caller said.

Panicked and in need of help, the sheriff said the man who called 9-1-1 to report the shooting had also been shot. He described his friend’s injuries.

"He got shot in the head. He got shot in the head," the caller said.
"Who shot him?," the dispatcher said.
"Some men broke into our house. I don't know," the caller said.

The two men in their 20s were flown to Erlanger, where one later died.

"It's never comforting. We've got two families now that are destroyed because of this and whoever the suspect is, whenever we catch him, that family is going to be destroyed. It's a no win situation and it's tough," Sheriff Steve Ross of the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

Sheriff Steve Ross said they were visiting the home on Highway 411 when a group of other people showed uninvited. That's when investigators believe an argument broke out that led to the shooting.

"Got scared because you don't really know what was going on, what it's about," Cheryl Newman, a neighbor said.

Newman traded in the busy streets of Illinois for the peaceful mountains of Tennessee five years ago. She never thought she’d be talking about a shooting on her street.

"It's just you don't expect that around here," Newman said.

The Sheriff says another young man was living at the home. They're talking with him and the surviving victim to find out what happened.

Investigators hope their statements and evidence collected at the scene will give them some leads.

The sheriff is calling it an isolated incident. So far, he has not released the name of the suspects or victims in the case.

Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates to this story.


PREVIOUS UPDATE: Two people were shot overnight in Polk County, one of them fatally.

Both victims, who were in their 20's, were airlifted to Erlanger. One died at the hospital.

The incident happened at about 11:45pm Wednesday night in the 9300 block of Highway 411.

Sheriff Steve Ross says the shooting happened inside the home. A third person was at the home and is being questioned by deputies.

The search for a suspect is still underway.


PREVIOUS STORY: Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies are investigating a shooting Thursday morning.

Dispatchers confirm to Channel 3 that the investigation is on Delano Road, and Sheriff Steve Ross is at the scene.

Channel 3 has a crew enroute.

This is a developing story; please check back for updates.