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UPDATE: Elderly victim identified in homicide case

Posted at 5:10 PM, Oct 04, 2016

LATEST: On Oct. 9, the Clark County Coroner identified the grandmother as Marilyn Lee Guidry from Las Vegas.

UPDATE: 45-year-old Bradley Francis has been identified as the suspect in this case. He is being charged with murder with a deadly weapon. 

This, as friends of the 86-year-old grandmother are speaking out to 13 Action News.

"She raised five boys, by herself," said friend Valerie Michael. "Just eternally youthful, she loved everything about life."

The most important thing to the victim was family, according to those closest to her.  

13 Action News has learned that the victim raised her grandson Francis. 

Neighbors said they never noticed any red flags.  

"I just thought they were a nice loving family all living under the same roof," said John Swindells.

However, others say Francis was ill, diagnosed with heart disease and cancer.

ORIGINAL STORY:

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- Las Vegas police are investigating a shooting Tuesday afternoon.

The shooting was reported around 4:40 p.m. in the 2100 block of Henniker Way, near Lake Mead and Rampart boulevards.

Police said the suspect fatally shot his own grandmother in the head as she was trying to escape a beating inside the home. The woman was in her 80s.

Police say a neighbor actually witnessed what happened and tried to get her own gun. Neighbors were trying to help save the grandmother's life but it was too late.

Police said her grandson was barricaded in the neighborhood for hours with a gun to his head before he was taken into custody around 8 p.m. His identity has not yet been released.

Residents in the area were evacuated until the suspect was taken into custody.

Neighbors told 13 Action News the suspect had lived here for many years and was often seen working out of his garage. His teenage son was home at the time of the attack but able to escape. We're told his wife was at work.

This is a developing story. Check back to 13 Action News for updates.