Yesterday, a little before noon, a 65-year-old woman was shot dead in Coney Island, police say. Alla Kamenev lived just three blocks from the corner of West 2nd Street and Sea Breeze Avenue, where she was shot fatally three times in the torso by a unknown assailant who fled the scene on a mountain bike. Kamenev was declared dead on arrival at Coney Island Hospital.
So far no arrests have been made in the death and police are not saying if the shooting was a case of Kamenev being caught in crossfire (as was the case in the 2009 death of Anna Surman nearby) but there is some speculation that she knew her killer.
Though this was the fifth murder to take place in Coney Island and Brighton Beach this year, the death seemed to have caught locals off guard. “We never have violence like that around here,” one resident worried to the Brooklyn Daily.