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Son, 4, saw Lancaster mom shot to death

Deputies are investigating the fatal shooting of a Lancaster mother of three.

Jenika Jones, 23, was shot to death at her home at 1963 Roseanna Lane sometime Thursday evening.

Deputies arrived there in response to a 911 call shortly after 10 p.m., Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said.

Jones' three children were home at the time of the shooting.

Deputies arrived after a neighbor called to report a disturbance.

The neighbor told deputies that a child came running from the residence and was beating on the door. The neighbor said three people ran from the residence.

Jones' family members said the 4-year-old boy fled his home after witnessing his mother's murder. He crossed the street to a neighbor's house and banged on the door.

"I just held them and cried," the children's father, Anthonio Truesdale, told Herald news partner WSOC-TV.

Truesdale said he arrived home shortly after the fatal shooting.

Deputies are not sure what led to the shooting, said Maj. Matt Shaw of the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies found the door open and found Jones dead on the couch.

"We are actively pursuing leads in the case," Faile said in a release.

"She never bothered anyone, never did anything bad to anyone. She was always smiling," Jones' cousin Maysa Clark told WSOC-TV.

"I wish someone would just say something to somebody," Clark said.

"If they know something, say it because those three kids don't deserve to grow up like this."

The children are staying with their grandmother, family members said.

The Sheriff's Office asks that anyone with information regarding the identity or location of any suspects call 803-283-4136 or contact Crimestoppers at -888-274-6372 or email an anonymous tip to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com.

WSOC-TV contributed to this report.

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