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    Woman, 54, found dying from apparent gunshot wounds outside her Queens apartment

    Renee Harris was discovered unconscious in front of her apartment door on the ninth floor of a Lefrak City building on 57th Ave. near 99th St. in Corona about 3:20 p.m. Sunday, cops said.
    Renee Harris was discovered unconscious in front of her apartment door on the ninth floor of a Lefrak City building on 57th Ave. near 99th St. in Corona about 3:20 p.m. Sunday, cops said. (Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News)

    A 54-year-old woman was found dying from apparent gunshot wounds outside her Queens apartment, police said Monday.

    Renee Harris, a former model, was discovered unconscious in front of her apartment door on the ninth floor of a Lefrak City building on 57th Ave. near 99th St. in Corona about 3:20 p.m. Sunday, cops said.

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    She had apparent gunshot wounds to the left side of her chest and the back of her right shoulder, police said. There were also shell casings found at the scene, a law enforcement source said.

    Renee Harris
    Renee Harris

    Medics rushed her to Long Island Jewish Forest Hills, where she died.

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    Harris’ mother Novella Harris, 81, visited her daughter hours before she died and nothing seemed awry.

    “I asked how she was doing, she didn’t tell me she was having any problems,” the mother said. “She talked, nothing strange. Then she went to the store and we left.”

    A neighbor soon called Novella said said Renee was lying in the hallway with blood around her nose and mouth.

    “My son and I went to the hospital to see her but by that time she was gone,” Novella Harris said.

    She described her daughter as someone who stayed to herself and avoided trouble.

    “That’s the thing. Nobody knows why they did it,” she said of the mysterious slaying. “They might have been a crazy person, that’s what I don’t understand.”

    Renee Harris had two sons -- one, 32, in the city and a 15-year-old boy who lives in Florida.

    “They need to pray and go get some help,” Novella said of the killer. “They can’t go around hurting people and killing people.”

    Police have classified her death as a homicide but are still determining exactly how she was killed.

    The entryway of Renee Harris’ apartment in Lefrak City.
    The entryway of Renee Harris’ apartment in Lefrak City. (Brittany Kriegstein for New York Daily News)

    Harris’ neighbors knew little about the circumstances of her death but said she had displayed odd, solitary behavior over the years.

    On Sunday morning, Vicky Ebunyebe, 62, said she heard an outburst from Harris, hours before she was found dying.

    “I heard noise, but I thought it was the usual noise, so I didn’t bother opening the door,” Ebunyebe said. “There was a time I heard her voice, like talking at the top of her voice, like arguing with somebody but ... I didn’t hear another voice. I thought it was the usual way, talking to herself.”

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