PALMDALE – A man shot and killed his grandson in an east Palmdale home Wednesday afternoon before turning the gun on himself, authorities said.
The victims have not yet been identified in the apparent murder-suicide, which occurred around 2:49 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, in the 37800 Block of 29th Street East in Palmdale, according to a press release from the Sheriff Department’s Homicide Bureau. Read it below:
Detectives have learned deputies from Palmdale Sheriff’s Station responded to a gunshot victim call, and when they arrived, they found the victim and suspect lying inside the location, each suffering from a gunshot wound.
While inside the location, the victim and the suspect were in a heated argument. The argument escalated into a shoving match when the suspect’s wife intervened and separated the two parties.
The suspect walked into another area of the residence to retrieve a handgun and returned to where the victim was standing. The suspect shot the victim once in the upper torso then turned the gun on himself and fired one shot into his upper torso.
The suspect was the victim’s grandfather.
There is no additional information at this time.
UPDATED 5/15/14: The names have been released by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. The grandfather/alleged shooter has been identified as 74-year-old Crawford Dueitt. The grandson/shooting victim has been identified as 25-year-old Brandon Dueitt.