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Arrest made in fatal shooting of elderly Queens woman

Posted at 8:46 AM, Apr 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-25 20:52:15-04
Leta Webb was gunned down at her home in Queens.

Leta Webb was gunned down at her home in Queens.

QUEENS (PIX11) — An arrest has been made in the death of the 70-year-old Queens woman who was shot as she answered her door back in March.

Leta Webb, 70, was gunned down at 1:40 a.m. on March 31 after answering the door to her family’s home at 119th Avenue in Jamaica, Queens.

The suspect at the door fired one shot to her head and to her left arm before fleeing the scene, police said. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

After an investigation, police arrested Julian Douglas, 22, of Queens. He was been charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Eva Usher, Webb’s daughter, told PIX11 that everyone in the house was asleep when the victim answered the door.

“They heard a pow, pow,” Usher recalled.

Usher said her mother was found in a pool of blood before paramedics rushed her to a hospital, where she said her mother signaled to her that it was time for her to go.

“I started talking to here and I told her if she wanted to go home and she wanted to be with her husband, to squeeze my hand and she did and I walked out and it was over,” Usher said.

Although the police have not released a motive, Webb’s family believes the shooting was gang-related.

“It was a hit. It wasn’t right,” Usher said. “It was a hit. I get back around here and everybody telling me it was a hit — and it was a gang hit.”

But family members are pleased that police have made an arrest.

“I was happy.  Hopefully they’ll get the rest of them to put this to rest,” said Kevin McDowell, who believes there are more suspects out there connected to the murder of his mother-in-law.

One member of the NYPD informed PIX11 News that this particular vicinity of 119th Avenue and 153rd Street is not one that required much focus by the patrol lights of the NYPD. However, a few yards from where Webb was killed, the challenges of the neighborhood are evident.

Gang signs have been covered up on one wall. Clear tags show through on others signaling the potential gang component expressed by the family.

“It was a hit and I know it. C’mon, people are going to kill my mother. For what? C’mon, now. She ain’t do nothing to nobody,” Usher said.