Woman Killed While Cooking Inside Apartment After Bullets Tear Through Walls

A Connecticut woman was killed while cooking inside her apartment Wednesday evening when bullets tore through the walls during a drive-by shooting, police said.

Hartford mom Sylvia Cordova, 56, was hit by at least one stray bullet that proved fatal while preparing dinner in her kitchen on 28 Sisson Ave., CBS affiliate WFSB reported.

"Absolutely tragic. For this to occur to a woman in the security of her home is tragic," said Lt. Aaron Boisvert, commander of the Hartford Police Department's (HPD) Major Crimes Division.

At least nine gunshots emerged from a car toward her apartment on the first floor, and police believe that Cordova was an unintended target.

"There was no answer at the first floor. The officers observed that bullet damage was apparent on the first floor, so they made entry into the home to do a protective sweep," Boisvert said.

More than a dozen of Cordova's family members arrived at the scene.

Newsweek reached out to HPD for comment, and a press release said an investigation is ongoing by the department's Major Crimes Division.

The Crime Scene Division also responded to the scene.

Police arrived to Cordova's home after citizens called to report rifle shots, and several rifle rounds were found in the driveway.

Investigators said they are positive that the case will be solved since there were multiple eyewitnesses, according to WFSB.

Hartford was listed as one of the top 100 most dangerous American cities in 2021 based on the number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents, according to NeighborhoodScout, an online database of U.S. neighborhoods.

Although Hartford is ranked No. 97, "when you compare Hartford to other communities of similar population, then Hartford crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average," the database said.

In the city, the chance of being a victim of violent crimes such as murder, non-negligent manslaughter, rape, armed robbery and aggravated assault, including with a deadly weapon, is one in 116, according to the database's analysis of FBI-reported crime data.

The possibility of being murdered in the city depends on the location, according to CrimeGrade.org, which provides U.S. neighborhood-based crime data. In the northeast neighborhoods, the chance of being murdered is as high as 1 in 41,913. In the city's southwest area, it could be as low as 1 in 115,894.

HPD is asking anyone with information on the shooting to call its tip line at 860-722-TIPS (8477).

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A Hartford, Connecticut, woman was killed while cooking inside her apartment Wednesday evening when bullets tore through the walls during a drive-by shooting. Larry W. Smith/Getty Images