“Daddy shot mommy!”
two hysterical children — a 4-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy —
screamed inside a Queens bodega. “Daddy shot mommy!”
Around the corner from the Casablanca deli on Saturday, cops were combing a bloody crime scene. An unhinged former cop shot and killed his wife in front of their two young kids in Ozone Park just before 11 a.m., police sources said.
Cops found ex-cop Kevin Canty, 43, stumbling around drunk near the corner of 97th and Centreville Sts. He was arrested without further violence.
Paramedics, meanwhile, were feverishly working on 40-year-old Jessica Mera. They took the mom from the couple’s home on 104th St., past the front door adorned with an Easter bunny decoration and into a waiting ambulance. Mera, blasted in the chest, could not be saved. She died at Jamaica Hospital. Female victim’s children are removed from home to safe location after they witnessed their mother getting shot by their father, say cops.
As cops carted the dreadlocked gunman to the 102nd Precinct stationhouse, a neighbor took the traumatized children to the nearby deli.
“The boy told me personally: ‘My dad shot my mom and there’s blood all over,'” said the neighbor who asked to remain anonymous.
“My wife heard gunshots and the kids were running out on the street,” he added. “They were banging on car doors as cars were passing by. They were trying to get help, someone to listen to them.” In July 2012, Kevin Canty was hailed as a hero for helping save the life of a man who suffered a heart attack in the Union Square subway station.
Before Canty was arrested, cops in body armor and carrying bullet-proof shields descended on the home. NYPD helicopters hovered overhead. A 911 caller told police that a man fitting Canty’s description was trying to open the doors of unoccupied cars a mile and a half away from the crime scene, authorities said.
Canty appeared delirious while handcuffed and repeatedly banged his head against the inside of a squad car window.
About 10 stunned friends and family of Mera’s had little to say as they lingered at the entrance of the emergency room
“They are going through a really tough time right now,” said one man who only identified himself as Mera’s friend.
“You have no idea what this family has been through — this is only the tip of the iceberg.”
Several neighbors said the couple had four children, though it was unclear if any of them were from previous relationships.
The callous crime amounted to a stunning downfall for Canty, sources said. In July 2012 the former transit cop was hailed as a hero for helping save the life of a man who suffered a heart attack in the Union Square subway station.
Police sources said he retired last year due to a disability.