UPDATE: Tuesday shooter dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound

Alice Aguilar booked in Smith County Jail in 2002 for Burglary of a Vehicle. Photo Source: Smith County
Alice Aguilar booked in Smith County Jail in 2002 for Burglary of a Vehicle. Photo Source: Smith County

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - UPDATE 12:13 PM - Tyler Investigators were informed by East Texas Medical Center staff around 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 01, 2010 that Alice Aguilar died as a result of her self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Witnesses say there could be several motives for a deadly shooting Tuesday in Tyler. It happened around 12:30 p.m. in the 100 block of Beverly Avenue in north Tyler.

According to family members, the two women involved in the shooting were more than good friends.

Police have removed the body of Socorro Nunez, 70. Her alleged killer, Alice Aguilar, 47, is in the hospital in critical condition. Aguilar was arrested in 2002 on a charge of burglary of a vehicle.

Tuesday night, the families of both women were trying to piece together how the tragedy happened.

Witnesses at the scene say that Alice Aguilar and Socorro Nunez had been close, almost like family, for years. So they say they cannot believe that friendship ended the way it did.

"A witness saw Mrs. Alvarez walk into the victim's apartment with a gun," said Don Martin, with the Tyler Police Department. "Two gunshots were heard, and when officers arrived on the scene to investigate, they found Mrs. Nunez dead on the floor."

Witnesses we spoke with did not want to go on camera, but said that Aguilar's husband had been in a relationship for a few weeks with Nunez's daughter. But that was not all.

Aguilar was also apparently going through some medical issues, and it had led to financial trouble. Witnesses say that when Nunez went to collect rent, the two issues must have been too much for Aguilar, and she shot her friend.

Police found her next door.

"The door was locked at the time," said Martin. "They made forced entry into the apartment to check on the suspect, and found her with a gunshot wound."

Police believe that gunshot wound was self-inflicted. It is still unclear how many people live in the apartment building, but some of them were there when the shootings happened. One witness said that she heard shots, but thought they were something else until police knocked on her door.

On Tuesday evening, one of Nunez's granddaughters told KLTV 7 by phone that the rumors of a relationship between Aguilar's husband, and Nunez's daughter, are untrue. She also said that Nunez was preparing to evict Aguilar.

Police say if Aguilar survives, she will face a charge of murder.

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