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New Clue Emerges in Woman's Peephole Death in NYC

A private investigator hired by her family said she may not have been the intended target

What to Know

  • A 45-year-old woman died after she was shot in the face in the Bronx, police said
  • Police found the woman unconscious and unresponsive in her home with a gunshot wound to her face Saturday night
  • The shooter fled the scene, and an investigation is ongoing

A new clue has emerged in the murder case of a woman shot through the peephole on her apartment door in front of her 15-year-old son. 

The NYPD early Friday released new surveillance video of the suspect they say shot 45-year-old Wendy Martinez in her home in Concourse Village neighborhood of the Bronx.

Questions are being raised over whether the mom killed in the peephole shooting in the Bronx was the real target. Sarah Wallace reports.

It shows a man walking in the hallway of the apartment building with an umbrella. He quickly disappears off frame before quickly emerging again, seen darting away from the scene after the lethal shot is fired. 

Martinez, who worked at the nearby Lincoln Medical Center, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday, the NYPD said. 

A mom was shot and killed with a bullet fired through the peephole of her door, police say. Wale Aliyu reports.

A private investigator hired by her family, Manuel Gomez, said she may not have been the intended target. 

Gomez was hired after her older son was charged with murder. That son was released on his own recognizance last year and his family has been getting death threats ever since, Gomez said. 

"This is an unfortunate murder that should have never occurred," he said. "The family was giving death threats for more than two years."

The investigation into Martinez's death continues. No one has been arrested. 

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