It was a destiny she couldn’t predict.
The 51-year-old Queens lady gunned down in her own residence was a tarot card reader — and cops consider she was killed by a disgruntled buyer who thought the “witch” had cursed him, sources advised The Publish Thursday.
Giuseppe Canzani, 41, allegedly admitted to taking pictures Anna Torres after she’d answered the door to her Ozone Park residence round 2:30 p.m. Wednesday “as a result of she was a witch,” in line with sources.
Canzani believed the clairvoyant — who did fortune and tarot card readings out of her residence — had forged a spell on him and cursed him, one supply mentioned.
“Yeah, that’s the girl I shot,” Canzani allegedly advised detectives on the 106th Precinct station home about one hour after the deadly taking pictures on the residence on 109th Avenue. “They tried to kill me.”
“If I inform you what’s happening with me, you wouldn’t consider it,” he allegedly mentioned. “Not for nothing, I’m presupposed to be useless already, that’s all I do know. This lady, you guys won’t ever perceive. You’d suppose I’m loopy.”
Torres, the mom of an NYPD cop, had gotten into an enormous combat with a shopper often known as “Joey” someday previous to the lethal confrontation, her daughter advised investigators.
David Aguilar, the slain lady’s distraught husband, mentioned he discovered about Torres’ dying on the information.
“I used to be at work and I seen it on the information,” he advised reporters whereas on his option to the town morgue Thursday. “I mentioned, ‘Maintain up. That appears like my home.’ It was.
“He smashed my world,” he added with tears in his eyes. “I’ve by no means seen him earlier than. I want I used to be in a position to get to him proper now however I can’t.”
The heartbroken hubby mentioned his late spouse “didn’t have a nasty bone in her physique.”
“She was one of the best spouse, one of the best mom,” he mentioned, bursting into tears. “I wish to know why he did that. I’m misplaced with out her.”
Police mentioned two members of the family had been inside the house on the time of the taking pictures — however neither was her cop son, sources mentioned.
Two photographs had been fired, with at the very least one among them putting Torres within the head, sources mentioned. She was pronounced useless on the scene.
“Simply looking the window I heard the photographs and after that you simply hear the screams,” neighbor Michael Persaud advised The Publish. “Proper after you heard the pop, pop, pop, you hear the screaming. It was muffled.”
Persaud mentioned one other lady got here out of the home yelling for police.
Chilling surveillance video reveals the gunman fleeing in a black Chevy Traverse after the taking pictures, NYPD Deputy Chief Jerry O’Sullivan mentioned throughout a press briefing Wednesday evening.
Canzani, who’s married and lives in Howard Seaside, drove to the 106th Precinct station home about an hour later, positioned a .45-caliber handgun on the sidewalk and surrendered to police, sources mentioned.
Two officers standing outdoors took him into custody with out incident, O’Sullivan advised reporters on the briefing.
Canzani was questioned by detectives and allegedly gave the haunting confession earlier than he was charged with homicide and legal possession of a loaded weapon.
“I killed her as a result of she was a witch,” he allegedly advised cops.
Police mentioned he has no prior legal file.
The hulking accused killer mentioned nothing as he was escorted from the precinct right into a police automobile Thursday afternoon and pushed to courtroom for his arraignment, which is anticipated to happen later within the night.
Cops acknowledged that Canzani and Torres knew one another “to some extent,” however mentioned the connection doesn’t seem to have been romantic.
The incident was the primary deadly taking pictures within the 106th Precinct this 12 months.
Final 12 months, three others had been shot and killed throughout the precinct boundaries, in line with police.
Residents within the close-knit neighborhood had been surprised by the violence — and one neighbor mentioned Canzani might have threatened the household weeks in the past.
Vick, who declined to provide his final identify, mentioned he and others have seen the alleged shooter and his automobile round earlier than.
“I heard the household was threatened a number of weeks in the past by this man, that he’s going to shoot someone in the home, and the man lastly did one thing. I can’t say what it was for, I don’t have that data.”
Neighbors say the household was pleasant and recognized for internet hosting barbecues.
“So far as the fortune-telling, I do know that she used to learn the playing cards,” Torres neighbor Anthony Archibald mentioned. “However I didn’t know if she did it for folks. She by no means requested me to do it.
“She is a extremely quiet woman,” he mentioned. “She’s very nice to everyone on this neighborhood. Plus, who’s gonna wish to shoot a police officer’s mother? It simply don’t make no sense in any respect.”
Further reporting by Larry Celona and Tina Moore