Elderly Man Shoots Grandson, Kills Grandson's Girlfriend in Murder-Suicide
ROSEBANK — An 86-year-old man shot his grandson outside the grandson's rented home in Staten Island before turning a gun on the victim's girlfriend and then crashing his own car and fatally shooting himself Friday, police said.
Heriberto Pagan, from Brooklyn, shot his grandson in the head in front of 455 Virginia Ave., around 6:16 p.m., at the home the man shared with Claritle Christina Huerta, 28, police said.
A neighbor said the family had been fighting just moments before, and that the 47-year-old grandson, who had not been identified but was in critical condition Saturday, had come running out the front door chased by Pagan, who was wielding a gun.
The attack was set off by fears Pagan had that his grandson, who was living in his mother's home, was taking advantage of his 69-year-old daughter, the NY Daily News reported. A judge had recently moved for the man's eviction, the paper reported, noting that he also had a criminal record.
After trying to kill the grandson, Pagan went inside and shot Huerta in the head, police said.
Huerta was rushed to Staten Island University North but declared dead, police said.
Pagan took off in his car after the shootings, crashing at Clifton Avenue and Rockwell Avenue, and then shot himself in the head, police said.
The grandson was being treated at Staten Island University Hospital, police said.
An investigation was ongoing.