Victims Shot to Death Walking Dog near NYC park; one was previously targeted in home invasion

The woman who was shot and killed along with a man and their dog near a park in New York City on Friday was the target of a home invasion just months ago; police said as they identified the victims on Saturday.

Jacqueline Billini, 57, and Levaughn Harvin, 42, were shot and killed as they walked with their pit bull outside Highbridge Park in Upper Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighbourhood around 6:30 p.m. on Friday, according to authorities and unnamed sources cited by the New York Post.

According to sources, Billini, who worked as an analyst for the Bronx state court system, was shot in the head and neck, while Harvin was struck in the face and shoulder.

According to the report, the killer, who remained at large as of early Saturday morning, also shot and killed the couple’s dog before fleeing. At least six shots were fired during the fatal assault.

First responders rushed Billini and Harvin to a local hospital, but both succumbed to their injuries.

In April, Billini was attacked by a hammer-wielding home intruder, according to the Post. As of Saturday, investigators had not publicly identified a suspect or a motive.

Billini answered her door early one April morning to find a “irate, screaming” man wielding a hammer, according to police.

According to the report, Billini attempted to close the door, but her attacker kicked it in, breaking her right arm.

In this case, a 31-year-old resident of Billini’s building was arrested for assault and attempted burglary.

The status of this case was unclear, and the alleged perpetrator was not identified in the report.

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