The bedridden mother of a tarot card reader who was shot in the head and killed said she lay helpless in another room, watching her daughter be shot in cold blood.
“I saw everything that was happening to my daughter,” Aurea Ruiz, 74, said in a phone interview with The Post about the shooting death of her daughter Anna Torres, 51.
“She opened the door. I was in another room…so I couldn’t see who was on the other side. I’m in bed,” Ruiz said. a hand with a gun. I thought it was a fake gun because of the color. He was a foot or two from the door. I heard my daughter say, ‘No, no, no.’ I said, ‘Anna, what’s going on, honey? What happened?’ ”
She then saw the shooter enter the house, although he was wearing a hoodie and she could not see his face.
“And that’s when the shooting started,” she said. “I saw the gun fire at him. I heard three shots, but it could have been more. I heard ‘pop, pop, pop’. There were a few seconds in between, not much interval time… She fell near the steps to go upstairs I can’t walk, I stayed in bed.
Giuseppe Canzani, 41, reportedly admitted to shooting Torres after opening the door to her home in Ozone Park around 2.30pm on Wednesday, killing her “because she was a witch”, sources say.
Canzani believed the seer – who did fortune and tarot card readings from home – had cast a spell on him, cursing him, a source said.
Ruiz was unable to go to the aid of his daughter.
“I was going to throw myself out of bed but I would never get there because of my leg,” Ruiz said. “If I could walk, I would run to my daughter and he would have to shoot me too.
“I cried because I couldn’t do anything.”
Torres took care of Ruiz, the mother recalls, waking her up every morning, making sure she took her medicine, asking her what she wanted for breakfast and spreading out water, her toothbrush teeth and toothpaste on his bedside table.
“She was like my nurse,” Ruiz said. “She cooked for me.”
Today, the family is in mourning.
“She was beautiful inside and out, wonderful, generous,” Ruiz said. “She was very generous and I will miss her very much.”
Ruiz said she didn’t know Canzani.
“I don’t understand why this guy did it because there are so many people she worked for who loved her,” Ruiz said. “She has helped so many people.”
The image of the gun in the killer’s hand and the gun firing, she said, “I can’t get that image of my head.”
Longtime client Miriam Lester, 47, had used Torres’ services for more than 20 years and criticized Canzani for suggesting the medium would harm anyone.
“Even if she was a witch, she wouldn’t do that to anyone. Even if she’s a witch, she does good to help people,” Lester said.
Three people at what is believed to be Canzani’s Howard Beach home declined to comment on Saturday, before a man tried to run over a Post reporter and photographer with a car.
The older gentleman drove his vehicle down the sidewalk and into the yard towards the reporter, narrowly missing her, then backed up towards the photojournalist’s car. No one was hurt.
Additional reporting by Khristina Narizhnaya
New York Post