Bronx gunman kills woman on City Island, is struck by her beau’s car while fleeing
A gunman shot and killed a woman on City Island Wednesday — and her beau, who witnessed the slaying, hopped into his car and mowed down the shooter as he tried to escape on a bike, police sources said.
Lizbeth Mass, 52, was working as a flagger on a construction site on the normally quiet Bronx island known for its beaches and marinas, when the shooter unloaded a barrage of bullets at her about 12:30 p.m., cops said.
Neighbors said the shooter brought lunch to Mass nearly every day, but police refuted earlier reports that the two used to date. Other than his bringing her food, they had no relationship, an NYPD spokesman said .
The victim was part of a work crew replacing a water main near City Island Ave. and City Island Road, sources said. Her boyfriend had stopped by.
The 66-year-old gunman exchanged words with the victim before he started shooting, then tried to pedal away on a bicycle. That’s when Mass’ boyfriend, 58, got into his Hyundai Sonata and ran him down, police said.
Medics took Mass to Jacobi Hospital, but she couldn’t be saved.
The victim, who lives in Brooklyn, worked at the site for a year and a half, said one neighbor who didn’t give her name.
“Everyone in the neighborhood knew her,” she said. “I would see her when I would walk my dog around 4:30 in the morning, when she would park her car. She was a very sweet and beautiful woman.”
The gunman was taken into custody, and his weapon was recovered, cops said.
He was also taken to Jacobi for treatment of body trauma, authorities said. Charges against him were pending.
The Bronx’s 45th Precinct, which covers City Island and Co-op City, has seen just eight other killings since 1993, and went without a single slaying from 2000 to 2012.