Woman fatally shot through door of her Bronx apartment: police sources

CONCOURSE VILLAGE, the Bronx — A woman was shot and killed while answering the door to her Bronx apartment Saturday night, police sources said.

At about 9:45 p.m., police responded to a call of an assault at an apartment along Grand Concourse.

When they arrived, police found a 45-year-old woman lying inside the apartment with a gunshot to her face. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police sources identified her as Wendy Martinez.

According to police sources, a masked man was at the door and shot Martinez through the peephole of the door when she answered to a knock.

The alleged gunman held up an opened umbrella while inside the apartment likely to shield his identity from surveillance footage, police sources said.

Martinez was the mother of Brian Solano, the young man who served three years behind bars awaiting trial for a murder he didn't commit. PIX11's James Ford spoke exclusively to him following his release.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

PIX11's James Ford contributed to this report.

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