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Deputies: Elderly woman killed in shootout over illegal gambling profits

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Deputies released this picture of the gambling machines. (Source: Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office) Deputies released this picture of the gambling machines. (Source: Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office)
Dorothy Hendrix  (Source: Hendrix's family) Dorothy Hendrix (Source: Hendrix's family)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Anderson County deputies said they believe an elderly woman killed during an armed robbery and shootout was targeted because of the amount of cash she had from her involvement in a gambling business.

Deputies said after speaking with Dorothy Hendrix's family, they learned she returned to her Rayben Lane home often early in the morning with large sums of money after leaving her job.

On Saturday, deputies said Hendrix, 76, came home to find three armed men at her house. The coroner said Hendrix pulled out a gun and fired at the suspects, and one of them returned fire, hitting her twice.

Deputies said Hendrix worked at 3454 Cinema Center in Anderson and after searching the location Tuesday, they found 15 illegal gambling machines.

Investigators believe Hendrix was robbed because she had proceeds from gambling at the center, where she was involved in day-to-day operations, according to deputies.

Deputies said they seized the machines, which will be destroyed. The suspects involved in the shooting have been arrested, deputies said. Click here to read more about the shooting and robbery.

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