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Police identify shooting victim; suspect in critical condition

LAWRENCEVILLE - The woman who was fatally shot Wednesday in front of her husband and 2-year-old son has been identified as 30-year-old Bien Thi Son.

Son and her husband, 32-year-old Duy Pham, were apparently visiting from Alexander City, Ala., when they got into a confrontation with an acquaintance in the cul-de-sac of a Lawrenceville neighborhood.

Police say Nghia Tran, 33, pulled out a handgun and fired at Son. Tran then shot himself in the head. Son's 2-year-old son was asleep in the back seat of their car at the time, said Cpl. Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.

Son's husband and little boy were not injured, but Son was pronounced dead at the scene. Tran was rushed to a local hospital.

Tran remained in critical condition Thursday at Gwinnett Medical Center. Authorities said the shooting took place as the three adults stood outside the couple's vehicle, which was parked in front of the home of Tran's relatives on Patterson Close Court.

The nature of the relationship between Son, her husband and Tran is unknown, Moloney said. Investigators are still trying to discern a motive.

Terry Johnson, a neighbor who witnessed the aftermath of the shooting, said Pham was frantic and distraught as he sought help for his wife. Johnson said Pham told him he went there to confront Tran because Tran was in love with his wife and he wanted to put a stop to it.

"He wanted to let (Tran) know he has a happy family and to leave them alone," Johnson said.

Family members of Son and Pham did not return calls seeking comment on Thursday. A graveside funeral service for Son will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at White Chapel Memorial Gardens on Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth.