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Suspect reportedly shoots police officer's mother in the head in broad daylight as she answers the door

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The mother of a New York City police officer was fatally shot as she answered the front door of her home, ABC News has reported.

What are the details?

Police say 51-year-old Queens woman Anna Torres was killed after a suspect shot her in the head after she answered the door.

Surveillance video footage showed the moment the suspect's gun went off, fatally striking Torres and sending terrified children and neighbors fleeing for cover. At least two of the woman's relatives were inside the home at the time of the shooting.

Giuseppe Canzani, the 41-year-old suspect, drove to a local police station and surrendered after the shooting.

In a statement on the shooting, NYPD Deputy Chief Jerry O'Sullivan said that after driving to the precinct, the suspect "exited [his] vehicle, pulled out a firearm, and placed it on the sidewalk."

"There were two officers in front of the precinct for station-house security," O'Sullivan continued. "The officers successfully handcuffed the individual and removed the firearm away from the subject."

Canzani was charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a firearm. He is due to appear in court on Thursday.

A deeper look

WABC-TV reported that a man matching Canzani's description was once seen arguing with Torres in her back yard.

The station noted that Canzani said Torres, a psychic who reportedly did tarot readings inside her home, was a "witch" who cursed him and condemned him to death.

"[Her curses] tried to kill me," he reportedly told investigators. "I am supposed to be dead already."

Torres' husband, David Aguilar, said he can't believe his wife, who possessed a kind nature, is gone.

"My son is the same way," he said. "He's good with everyone. He's fair. She was the sweetest person in the world. I'm lost without her."

One neighbor called the murder "unbelievable."

"It's so quiet and so nice. Everyone knows each other. I've been here almost 6 years. Never, nothing happened," the neighbor told the station.

Another neighbor added, "It's scary that our family lives here. Our grandparents live next door. You don't know was it a home invasion or not; you don't know what it is."

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