Death of Woman, 70, Shot After Answering Doorbell May Have Been Retaliation: Police

Police investigating the death of a 70-year-old woman fatally shot in the head after answering her front door in Queens earlier this week are looking at it as a possible case of retaliation tied to her son, who has been jailed since 2011 following a manslaughter conviction. 

Authorities believe whoever shot Leta Webb when she opened her South Jamaica door early Monday may have done so to get some type of retribution against her 28-year-old son, Arnold Webb, who is serving a 25-year sentence and is not up for parole until 2030.

The circumstances surrounding Arnold Webb's conviction weren't immediately clear. 

Investigators released surveillance video Wednesday of a white Ford Econoline van they believe the suspect was in immediately after the shooting. 

Leta Webb was shot twice -- once in the head and once in the left arm -- after opening her door around 1:30 a.m. Monday. A relative said he heard a loud knocking and was on his way downstairs when he heard the gunshots. He said he found Leta Webb in a pool of blood. 

Leta Webb was taken to Jamaica Hospital in serious condition; she later died there.

She was "loving, she cared," another son, Benny Webb, told NBC 4 New York. "You would have wished she was your mother." 

There was no information on the suspect. 

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