Updated 12/06/2011 08:43 AM
Astoria Man Charged With Killing Stepdaughter, Wounding Estranged Wife
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A Queens man was charged with a Monday shooting in Astoria that left his stepdaughter dead and his estranged wife injured.
Police say Guerino Annarumma, 52, is facing charges of murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon after shooting the mother and daughter in their home on 38th Street near 23rd Avenue just before 9 a.m.
The mother, 57-year-old Olga Borodina Annarumma, was shot once. She was in critical condition late Monday and was expected to survive.
The daughter, 25-year-old Valeria Kuzmina Lowery, was shot four times in the head and torso and died from her wounds.
Guerino Annarumma, who lived separately from his alleged victims, went on a tirade on his blog about his soon-to-be ex-wife and her daughter, posting their pictures and threatening to destroy them.
Sources say he confessed to shooting the women on Monday, the same day his divorce proceedings were scheduled to start.
His wife's attorney, Helene Sherman, was on her way to court when she heard the news.
"A reporter called me and said, 'Did you know your client got shot?' I screamed," Sherman said. "I could not believe it. I was in absolute shock."
One neighbor told NY1 he was walking his daughter to school when he heard the shots.
"Just scared, I was scared, just for my daughter's sake. She heard it, but she didn't know what was it. She's only four years old," he said.
"This block used to be a beautiful block and now it's become a garbage block and I'd like to move myself out from here too," said one resident.
"This is a quiet area, you know. You never hear things like this happening around here, so it's a shock, really," said another neighbor.
According to sources, Guerino Annarumma works for the New York City Housing Authority and had been married for about five-and-a-half years.
His wife had filed criminal charges of harassment against him and sought several orders of protection.
"There were some times when she was so afraid that she asked me to accompany her to the criminal court and sit and wait with her while she was waiting for the assistant district atty on the case," Sherman said. "She was so scared and so nervous, that she just didn't want to wait there alone."
On his blog, Guerino Annarumma blamed his stepdaughter for the end of his marriage.