It was a fate she could not foresee.
The 51-year-old Queens woman who was gunned down in her own home was a tarot card reader – and police believe she was killed by a disgruntled customer who thought the ‘witch’ had cursed him, sources told the Post Thursday.
Giuseppe Canzani, 41, allegedly admitted to shooting Anna Torres after she opened the door to her home in Ozone Park around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, sources say, “because she was a witch.”
Canzani believed the psychic – who did fortune telling and tarot card reading from home – had cast a spell and cursed him, a source said.
“Yes, that’s the woman I shot,” Canzani reportedly told detectives at the 106th Precinct precinct about an hour after the fatal shooting at the 109th Avenue home. “They tried to kill me.”
“If I tell you what’s wrong with me, you wouldn’t believe it,” he reportedly said. “Not for nothing, I’m supposed to be dead already, that’s all I know. This woman, you’ll never understand. You would think I’m crazy.”
Torres, the mother of an NYPD cop, got into a major argument with a client named “Joey” shortly before the fatal confrontation, her daughter told investigators.
David Aguilar, the murdered woman’s distraught husband, said he learned of Torres’ death on the news.
“I was at work and I saw it on the news,” he said on the way to the city morgue on Thursday. “I said, ‘Wait. That looks like my house.” It was.
“He destroyed my world,” he added with tears in his eyes. “I’ve never seen him before. I wish I could reach him now, but I can’t.”
The heartbroken husband said his late wife “didn’t have a bad bone in her body”.
“She was the best wife, the best mother,” he said, breaking down in tears. “I want to know why he did it. I am lost without her.”
Police said two family members were in the house at the time of the shooting – but neither was their cop’s son, sources said.
Two shots were fired, at least one of which hit Torres in the head, sources said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
“I was just looking out the window and I heard the gunshots and then after that you hear the screams,” neighbor Michael Persaud told The Post. “Right after you hear the bang, bang, bang, you hear the screaming. It was muted.”
Persaud said another woman came out of the house and called the police.
The chilling surveillance video shows the shooter fleeing in a black Chevy Traverse after the shooting, NYPD Deputy Chief Jerry O’Sullivan said during a news conference Wednesday night.
Canzani, who is married and lives in Howard Beach, drove to the 106th Precinct precinct about an hour later, placed a .45 caliber handgun on the sidewalk and surrendered to police, sources said.
Two officers standing outside took him into custody without incident, O’Sullivan told reporters at the briefing.
Questioned by detectives, Canzani allegedly made the haunting confession before being charged with murder and criminal possession of a loaded gun.
“I killed her because she was a witch,” he reportedly told police.
Police said he had no criminal record.
The hulking suspected killer said nothing as he was escorted from the precinct into a police car on Thursday afternoon and driven to his arraignment in court, which is expected to take place later that evening.
Cops acknowledged Canzani and Torres knew each other “to a degree,” but said the relationship didn’t appear to have been romantic.
The incident was the first fatal shooting in the 106th Precinct this year.
According to police, three others were shot dead within the county’s borders in the past year.
Residents in the close-knit neighborhood were stunned by the violence – and a neighbor said Canzani may have threatened the family weeks ago.
Vick, who declined to give his last name, said he and others had seen the suspected gunman and his car before.
“I heard that a few weeks ago the family was threatened by this guy that he’s going to shoot someone inside the house and the guy finally did something. I can’t say what it was for, I don’t have that information.”
Neighbors say the family is friendly and has been known to host barbecues.
“As for fortune telling, I know she used to read the cards,” said Torres’ neighbor Anthony Archibald. “But I didn’t know if she did it for people. She never asked me to.
“She’s a really quiet woman,” he said. “She’s really nice to everyone in this area. Besides, who wants to shoot a cop’s mother? It just doesn’t make any sense at all.”
Additional reporting by Larry Celona and Tina Moore
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