The woman who was fatally shot with her dog inside a Brooklyn smoke shop was a mother of four — and police do not believe she was the intended target, officials said.
Surveillance video shows the moment the lone gunman opened fire from the doorway of Salim Smoke Shop on DeKalb Avenue, striking Jennifer Ynoa, 36, and her 1-year-old pit bull Blue around 9:45 p.m. Sunday.
Police believe a man in the store who can be seen eating from a bag of chips in the footage was likely the shooter’s intended target, an NYPD official said
Other footage from across the street shows Ynoa stumbling outside the store with the injured pooch behind her as she collapses on the sidewalk.
The suspected shooter was also caught in video arriving in front of the Bedford-Stuyvesant bodega in a red car and calmly crossing the street before squeezing off the shots.
“He then gets in the car and drives away,” a police official told The Post. “The dog comes running out and collapses on the ground and then the lady comes out and collapses on the ground. 911 calls start coming in about shots fired.”
Ynoa,a medical assistant who lived in NYCHA’s Lafayette Gardens about two blocks from the store near Franklin Avenue, was taken to the Brooklyn Hospital Center, where she was pronounced dead.
Blue also died at the scene, cops said.
The footage from inside the store shows Ynoa standing with her dog and man standing behind them, who runs further back into the shop when the gunfire erupted.
“They’re looking at, who was the guy in the back of the store, and was he the intended victim?” the official said, referring to investigators. “The lady seems to be unintended.”
“This is one of those terrible stories where you can’t even go to the corner store,” a police source added.
Police did not immediately know whether Ynoa knew the shooter.
Ynoa lived with her boyfriend of four years, Carlton Busch, 46, and three of her children: two boys ages 16 and 11, and a 14-year-old girl, Busch said. She also had a 19-year-old daughter.
“She went to the store like she normally does,” Busch told The Post Monday. “She takes the dog for his late walk, and she comes back and probably sits there and reads her books and stuff, listens to music. She’s a homebody.”
Busch was visiting someone in a different building in the complex while Ynoa was at the store, he said.
“I got a call from her. She said, ‘This is what I’m doing,’” Busch said. “I didn’t think anything of it. Then I heard these shots and I didn’t think anything of it. I hear these all the time. Nobody I know is getting targeted. I didn’t get a call back.”
Busch, who cried on and off as he spoke, said his girlfriend and pet “weren’t a target for something.”
“I’m hoping the police can come to a better conclusion than me. There should be justice,” he said. “This is crazy. There’s people going around with weapons. This was not a woman who was threatening anybody.”
No arrests had been made by Monday morning. Busch said he struggled to understand the violence.
“I want to think this was about nothing, but that doesn’t make any sense to me,” he said. “It’s just a random thing, and God wills it and it happens like that. I just hope he brings justice. This could be anybody. I’m tired of hearing these things.”
“This is the one thing I feared my whole life. I’ve been in the service. I never feared for anything. The one thing I was supposed to protect. I never ever would have thought last night that this would be happening to me, be happening to us.”
“I’m just empty,” he added. “I really don’t know. It hasn’t hit me yet. I’ve got these children right here, and they’re handling it like champs. They’re better than me.”
In a separate shooting hours later, a 25-year-old man was standing at East New York Avenue and Albany Avenue in Crown Heights around 1 a.m. Monday when someone fired multiple rounds from a car, striking him in the leg, cops said.
He was taken to the Kings County Hospital Center in stable condition.
It is unclear whether he was the intended target.