Shooting Victim Dies, 81-Year-old Facing Murder Charge

Barbara Brand, 81, is accused of shooting her 57-year-old caregiver Paul Slysh in Bay Park

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    Tony Shin

    A 57-year-old man who was shot in Bay Park Thursday by his 81-year-old roommate has died, police confirmed Sunday.

    Police said Paul Slysh was allegedly shot several times by Barbara Brand inside a Bay Park home on the 1500 block of Morena Boulevard.

    Woman Accused of Shooting Caregiver

    [DGO] Woman Accused of Shooting Caregiver
    Barbara Brand, 81, may need a cane to walk but she is accused of shooting her 57-year-old caregiver and friend Paul Slysh. Neighbors Pat Rodgers and Michael Gruszecki talk to NBC 7s Tony Shin along with SDPD s Acting Lt. Duane Voss in this report. (Published Friday, Jul 13, 2012)

    After the shooting, Brand called authorities to report what she had done.

    Slysh was initially expected to survive his injuries, but on Sunday police said his condition had quickly deteriorated over the past few days. Slysh died at a hospital Saturday around 8:25 p.m.

    According to investigators, Brand allegedly shot Slysh after he made insulting comments about her granddaughter. Police said Brand got upset, took out a gun that belonged to her deceased husband, and shot Slysh.

    On Thursday, Brand's neighbors told NBC 7 San Diego that Brand and Slysh appeared to have a strained relationship and would often argue about money.

    Neighbor Michael Gruszecky said it was only a matter of time before things escalated between the roommates.

    Brand is currently being held at Las Colinas Detention Facility. She’s not eligible for release and is facing a first degree murder charge. Brand is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

    Check back for updates on this story.

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