The father was a felon with an extensive criminal record, including assault with a deadly weapon and felon in possession of a firearm. He was also separated from the boy's mother and had a longstanding domestic dispute.
From an article and news video:
First responders took 3-year-old Jesse Adams to Vidant Medical Center where he later died. His father, 34-year-old Carey Adams Jr., also known as C.J., turned the gun on himself after shooting his son.
Deputies tell us Carey Adams, Jr. underwent surgery to remove his organs and died Sunday.
9 On Your Side talked with neighbors who say they're shocked and upset by what happened.
Ben Gaskins says he couldn't believe it.
"It looked like New York City out here. It was fire trucks, police cars, people still coming and then all of a sudden you hear a helicopter.".