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A 67-year-old woman accused of shooting two female relatives, killing one, during a confrontation at their San Jacinto home was charged Thursday with murder and attempted murder.

Nancy Susan Wischmeyer of San Jacinto was arrested and booked into the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on Tuesday following a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department investigation.

Along with the murder and attempted murder counts, Wischmeyer is charged with sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.

She’s being held without bail and was slated to make her initial court appearance Thursday afternoon at the Banning Justice Center.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Carroll, about 9:30 p.m. Monday, Wischmeyer was involved in an undisclosed dispute with the victims, identified in court documents as Patricia Jean Crowe and Mary Alice Crowe, in the 1900 block of Meridian Street, near Beringer Drive.

Carroll alleged that the defendant pulled a handgun and fired several rounds at the women, wounding both.

Witnesses called 911, and patrol deputies and paramedics reached the residence minutes later. Patricia Crowe was pronounced dead at the scene, and Mary Crowe was taken to a trauma center for treatment. She was in stable condition Wednesday.

A possible motive for the alleged attack was not provided. Carroll described the defendant and victims as “estranged family members.”

Wischmeyer was detained at the location without incident. Homicide detectives questioned her, after which she was booked into jail in the predawn hours Tuesday.

Wischmeyer has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.

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