GREENSBORO, N.C. — A 14-year-old boy and his mother are both dead following an early morning shooting at the Robyn’s Glen Townhomes in Greensboro.
Police spokeswoman Susan Danielsen said officers responded shortly before 8 a.m. to 307 Mourning Dove Terrace.
Maurice Edmonds II, 14, and Sandra Palmer, 47, were both found inside the home with gunshot wounds. They were pronounced dead at the scene.
Danielle Imani Jameison, 18, was also shot inside the home. She was taken to Moses Cone Hospital where she is currently listed in critical condition.
Maurice Eugene Edmonds, 46, was found in the driveway suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to Moses Cone Hospital in “guarded” condition and on Tuesday was listed in "fair condition."
Police said Jameison, 18, is Sandra Palmer’s daughter.
Edmonds, 14, is the son of Maurice Edmonds and Sandra Palmer.
Edmonds and Palmer were not married.
Police did not provide any information about the shooter.
Edmonds, 14, is a student at Northwest Guilford Middle School. Grief counselors are at the school today to talk with students.
Police said neighbors first called 911 when the male victim ran outside after being shot and collapsed in front of a neighbor’s home.
A motive has not been determined.
Police said they have not ruled out the possibility of domestic violence, but added that they’ve never responded to the address before.
A handgun believed to have been used in the shooting was recovered at the scene.
Greensboro Police PIO Susan Danielsen said in an email, "We have some strong indicators as to who the shooter was, but need to follow up on a few more bits of evidence before we are confident in concluding who fired the weapon."
"He was a very funny person, outgoing he always had a certain energy with him," said Reggie Davis, referring to his friend Edmonds.
Northwest students were told about the tragedy Monday afternoon right before they were dismissed for the day. The school's principal, Rich Thomae, says the students are taking it hard.
"He was a wonderful student and this is a tragic loss for our school, community. Our teachers and students are going to need a lot of support over the next couple days," Thomae said.
Some students are planning to wear pink to school on Tuesday. Davis says it was Edmond II's favorite color.
Debbi Smith says she attends school just down the road from where the shooting occurred.
“I’m shocked. I’m just shocked. Because this seems like a really nice part of Greensboro,” Smith said. “I hope the family’s okay. It just really makes me sad for them.”
Chief Deputy Dwight Crotts said the deadly shooting was contained to inside the home Monday morning. He said it does not appear to be a random act.
“It is heartbreaking,” Crotts said. “Any time there is something involving a juvenile. It’s just a tough situation.”
Bob Ring lives just one street over and says this is an example of how horrible things can happen even in what’s considered a “nice” area.
“If this is domestic violence — that happens anywhere,” Ring said. “This is a low crime area. I don’t worry about stuff out here. You know, there are crazy people in the world. Domestic stuff escalates, and this stuff happens everywhere.”
Capt. K.L. Whitesell with the Guilford County Sheriff's Office confirmed Sandra Palmer applied for one gun permit on December 11th, 2012.
He said she picked up the permit on December 20th, 2012.
"There were no disqualifiers on the background check, just a couple of minor traffic offenses," Cpt. Whitesell wrote in an email.
Palmer checked a box that said the reason for purchasing a pistol was, "Protection of self, family home, business property." The other options on the permit include "target shooting," "collecting," "hunting," and "Other."
The gun permit listed an address in Winston-Salem as a previous residence.
There are no records in Guilford or Forsyth county of any domestic violence, assault or similar incident connected to either Sandra Palmer or Maurice Edmonds.
Neighbor Zacharias Barfield says he woke up to hear the elder Edmonds screaming Monday morning. "He kept saying, 'My kids, help, help, help! My kids.' I mean it was surreal."
At first, said Barfield, he thought Edmonds was having a heart attack. But then he noticed a lot of blood.
"He was still standing over there when he said he was shot... That's one of the main things I'll hear the rest of my life... It's haunting me- his pleas for help."
Investigators were at the scene for more than 30 hours. The street is now back to normal; no sign of yellow tape or CSI trucks.
But the memories of this tragic morning will not be forgotten by the neighbors in this quiet community.
"Obviously everyone's gonna remember it for a long time," concluded Barfield.
No other information was immediately available.