KEY POINTS

  • Latisha Bell was captured on camera of shooting Nichelle Thomas in the head in broad daylight
  • Police are looking into the possibility of a lover's quarrel before the shooting
  • Bell was charged with murder and possession of an illegal firearm after turning herself in

A New York woman was captured on camera fatally shooting a Brooklyn mother of two in broad daylight.

Footage of the Wednesday incident obtained by the New York Post showed 51-year-old Nichelle Thomas attempting to enter a deli as 38-year-old Latisha Bell sprinted behind her, pulled up a gun on Thomas' head and shot the victim point-blank.

The incident occured before 1 p.m. at Fourth Avenue and St. Marks Place in Park Slope, according to the Post.

Thomas was rushed to New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital after Bell fled the scene, where she was pronounced dead around half an hour later, as per New York Daily News.

Citing police sources, the Post reported the two women used to be in a relationship. No information regarding their separation was released.

Bell later turned herself in at the 78th Precinct with her lawyers accompanying her. Police charged her with murder and criminal possession of a weapon. The gun used in the crime was recovered.

Authorities could not determine any motive at the time of the arrest, but investigators are looking into the possibility that the shooting was caused by a lover's quarrel, police sources said.

The deli's cashier, Mohammed Ali, reportedly ran outside after he heard the gun go off and found "a lady lying face-up on the sidewalk and above her eyes was a hole with blood coming out."

"I've been working here for 12 years and I've never seen anything like this," Ali was quoted as saying. He added, "If the bullet hadn't hit her, I might have been the one hit."

A day before the incident, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an initiative to curb gun violence in New York City.

"Safe Summer NYC will deter gun violence with real consequences for picking up a firearm and create disincentives to turning to a life of crime by providing real, positive alternatives for young people," a statement released by the city government said. 

police-631591_1920 Representation. Police said it was looking into the possibility that a lover's quarrel betwee the former couple caused the incident. Photo: Pixabay