Elderly woman murdered in her Jamaica home

By Gina Martinez

A 70-year-old Queens woman was shot to death after opening her front door in the middle of the night, police said.

Police said that at 1:39 a.m. Monday, Leta Webb answered her door at her home on 119th Avenue in Jamaica, and was shot once in the head and left arm. She was pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital at 4:36 a.m.

Police said nothing was stolen from the home and that the intent was homicide.

Her son-in-law, Kevin Mcdowell, was home at the time of the shooting.

“Everybody loved her, so I can’t understand why someone would want to do that to her,” McDowell told CBS. “I was sleeping and we heard the knocking on the door, but it was frantic knocking, like ‘I’ve got to get in the house.”

The next thing Mcdowell heard were gunshots. “We come downstairs and she’s laying right there on the porch in a pool of blood,” he said.

Mcdowell believes the suspect is from the neighborhood.

“Whoever did it, they’re in this area because they knew to jump the fence and run to the lot and went all the way down to the park,” he said.

There have been no arrests made in connection with the murder and the investigation is ongoing, police said.

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