CANTON, OH (WOIO) - Brandon Posey knew he needed to save his friend's 3-year-old son Thursday when bullets began flying inside a Canton home.
"I didn't physically see him shoot them, but I heard the screams and I can't get them out of my head," said Posey.
It's only been a day since Posey was in the middle of an unthinkable tragedy. Friday evening, he said reality is still sinking in.
"I know it's real, but it don't feel real," he said.
Posey was inside the Canton home on the 500 block of Smith Avenue when his good friend, Cheyenne Calderon, 20, her mom, Kelly Freshour, 50, and her mom's boyfriend Timothy Keyser, 70, were shot and killed. After approximately 14 shots were fired, Calderon's ex-fiancé, Tres Peterson, 21, turned the gun on himself, police said.
"I heard the first gunshot and the dog went down and (Cheyenne) ran and, if she would've ran toward me, I would've been shot, but she ran toward the back of the house into her mom's room," he said.
Posey said his first instinct was to run after the shooter. That's when he spotted Calderon's 3-year-old son, Cameron. He knew he had to get the little boy to safety.
"He heard the gunshots and he didn't scream, he didn't cry. That's one strong little boy, I'm telling you," Posey said.
He grabbed the toddler and ran out the front door. A few minutes later, after the gunshots stopped, he went back inside.
"I went back in and checked for a pulse on Cheyenne and I couldn't find anything," Posey said.
He said Calderon was an amazing person who loved her son. He said she wouldn't hurt anyone.
Posey said the two of them actually saw Peterson earlier in the day Thursday, but, at the time, they didn't think anything of it.
"I can't say he was crazy or anything. It's just, I didn't know what happened, but I seen what happened, and I have no clue why," he said.
Friday night Posey, and so many others, are full of grief and unanswered questions. However, Posey said he's at least happy to know Calderon's son is OK.
"Cheyenne knows he's safe and that's the most important thing," Posey said. "She was a good friend. She didn't deserve it."
Canton police said Peterson and Calderon dated for about two or three months and were engaged for a brief period.
Police said Calderon's son is staying with family.