Suspect in custody after early morning shooting

Charles Gary Singletary III

SUMTER (WACH)â??A Wednesday morning manhunt ended 15 minutes from the crime scene.

Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis said deputies searched for 18 year-old Charles Singletary III, for more than three hours.

Dennis said shortly after 5 a.m. Singletary shot two friends and a mother killing one and injuring two victims.

Upon arrival, Dennis said deputies found the three victims; two with gunshot wounds to the head, and a third victim with a tear in his ear.

Investigators said 18 year-old Josh Brown was killed, 18 year-old Timothy Hodge was shot in the head and Hodge's mother, Margaret Charles, suffered a tear to the ear.

"The three male victims, the three boys are 18-years-old and had been childhood friends. Mr. Singletary has stayed at the residence on multiple occasions through the years. At this time it's trying to establish a motive," said Dennis.

Dennis said Singletary is charged with murder, attempted murder, and aggravated assault.