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Bamberg family searches for answers in shooting death of loved one

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All day Wednesday, family and friends have been coming to this home in Bamberg, paying their respects to the family of Gene Anderson. Police say Anderson, 38, was shot and killed at an abandoned home the day before.

"It just felt like I couldn't do anything," said Margaret Scott, Anderson's sister. "Everything just went away from me because I couldn't believe that someone would just gun down my brother in the street like that."

Bamberg police say shots rang out at the intersection of Broad and Copeland Streets around 6 p.m. Tuesday. Three hours after the shooting, investigators with SLED were still trying to determine what happened before the shooting; leaving loved ones with several questions.

"He was a sweet guy. He'd help anybody that he could. He helped everybody in the neighborhood," Scott said. "I just couldn't imagine why anybody would want to take his life."

"As family and close friends continue to mourn the loss of their loved one, some of them want justice, saying the person responsible needs to be punished."

"We're not looking for nobody to do 25 years and come home," said Elahi Asad, Anderson's Nation of Islam brother. "We're not looking for no possibility of parole. We're not looking for none of that. It's a life for a life. He took a good man off of these streets, his life needs to be taken also."

Right now, investigators have not arrested or even identified a suspect. Police say they do have a person of interest in custody, but officials won't release their identity. Anderson leaves behind a wife, five children and nine grandchildren. And until police learn more, they say they'll continue searching for closure.


One man is dead after being shot in Bamberg.

Officials with the Bamberg Police Department aren't releasing many details of the shooting yet, but said Gene James Anderson, who is said to be in his mid 30s, is the victim in this case.

Shots rang out around 6pm, near the intersection of Broad and Copeland Streets, according to BPD.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, or SLED, is taking over the investigation, according to officials.

A person of interest is in custody, but officials won't release their identity.

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