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ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Two people have been charged after an elderly woman died in a gun battle outside her home early Saturday, deputies said.
The coroner Greg Shore said the shooting happened at about 1 a.m. outside a home on Rayben Lane, just off Airline Road.
Shore said Dorothy Hendrix, 76, came home to find three armed men at her house. He said Hendrix pulled out a gun and fired at the men, and one of them returned fire, hitting her twice.
Hendrix shot and injured one of the suspects as the others ran off, Shore said.
Shore said Hendrix died at the scene, and the male suspect was found alive with a gunshot wound to the stomach.
The suspect was taken to the hospital for surgery, Shore said. The Anderson County Sheriff's Office said they plan to release more details after they get the chance to interview that suspect. Deputies said the gunman was in stable condition and the shooting started as a robbery.
Sheila Cole with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office said deputies are investigating the death as a homicide.
Cole said deputies were also working to determine if a car found near the crime scene with a damaged windshield may have been involved.
Hendrix's family said she worked at an assisted living facility and enjoyed playing and working for a bingo hall. They described her as a very passionate, nurturing person.
"She helped anybody, you didn't have to ask for it she helped anybody that needed help," the victim's brother, Ronnie Lollis, said.
Lollis said this wasn't the first time Hendrix has been attacked. Deputies confirmed that in October 2011, she was the victim of an armed robbery at the same home. That case has not yet been solved.
According to Lollis, Hendrix learned to shoot and bought a gun after the first attack to protect herself. Neighbors believe it may have been the same suspects that came back again Saturday morning.
"I think it's the same people out to rob her," said neighbor Donna Read. "I think they knew she had money on her."
Steven Hagood, 33, who was shot during the incident, was served with warrants for murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to the sheriff's office.
Tereba Geer, 26, and Bradacious Galloway, 23, were also arrested in connection with the shooting and both were charged with murder, deputies said.
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