A Brooklyn mother who was shot dead at point-blank range on Wednesday reportedly knew her assassin as a ‘family friend,’ and was lured to her death by a phone call, her family has claimed. Delia Johnson, 42, was talking to a group of people in Crown Heights at around 9.40pm on August 4 when a blonde woman dressed in all black walked up to her from behind and shot her in the back of the head.
Surveillance video that was released by the police on Thursday shows the gunwoman fire several more times, hitting Johnson in the leg as bystanders run and duck for cover.
The victim collapses to the ground in front of horrified onlookers as her killer calmly makes her way toward a parked white car, gets in the driver’s seat and takes off from the scene.
On Friday, police also released closer images of the suspect, as Johnson’s family said they recognize the killer as a family friend.
Police have not named a suspect in the case, or arrested anyone. A motive is still unknown.
Shocking video shows the female assassin raising a gun to a woman on a Brooklyn sidewalk and shooting her dead. The victim, named by police as Delia Johnson, 42, was speaking to a group on a stoop in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, when she was shot in the head.
‘I know her,’ Delia’s mother, Delia Berry, reportedly exclaimed when she saw the picture, according to the New York Post.
‘Oh my God, oh my God, she used to stay with us,’ Berry said. ‘She slept in my bed, ate my food.’
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‘She was one of my babies too,’ Berry also told PIX 11 news.
One of Johnson’s younger sisters, Hadjah Pendley, called the suspect ‘a family friend who came to our family events, celebrations, holidays – whatever you want to call it, she came.’
Berry reportedly noted to PIX 11 that the suspect and Johnson had a tumultuous friendship in recent weeks in which they would ‘argue about everything.’
She now says she wants to know why the suspect, who has not yet been named, would murder her daughter.
‘Why did you slaughter her like that?’ she asked. ‘I just want to know why.
‘What could she have done to you that you couldn’t come and knock on my door and tell me? I would have straightened it out for both of you all.
‘You are hurting families,’ Berry told the Post. ‘I’m in so much pain, I don’t know what to do.
‘She was my baby,’ Berry said, adding: ‘This person that shot my daughter, may God have mercy on your family, because we put curses on ourselves when we do things.’
Delia Johnson, was shot and killed on a Brooklyn street after attending a funeral for a friend. She was raising a 17-year-old daughter as a single mom. Footage shows the assassin, her purse slung over her shoulder, turn and casually walk to an SUV as her victim lays dead on the sidewalk.
Delia Johnson lays dead on the sidewalk after onlookers scattered for shelter when the shots were fired. After shooting Johnson multiple times, the blonde suspect calmly returned to a parked car.