A Brooklyn woman who received $30,000 from the city to settle a police brutality case this year was shot to death in the vestibule of her building. Ashante Goodwin, 23, was sitting on the Herkimer St. stoop before the 8:15 p.m. Monday shooting, relatives said. They believe she ran inside to try to escape her assailant.
Police have not determined a motive and have made no arrests. Goodwin had nine arrests on her records, including busts for drugs and weapons.
Goodwin's mother, who lived with her daughter in Brownsville, found her with a torso wound. The victim was taken to Brookdale University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
"She was a good person," said her brother, Johnathan Goodwin, 16. "She had no problems. I don't know what happened."
Ashante Goodwin sued the city in federal court last year, accusing two cops of entering her apartment on March 9, 2008, shooting her two dogs dead, dragging her through their blood, roughing her up, and unlawfully arresting her.
The incident stemmed from complaints her dogs were outside off their leashes, her lawyer said.
Last February, Goodwin agreed to a $30,000 settlement in which the city admitted no wrongdoing.
Relatives described the victim as an animal lover who had a new 5-month-old pitbull, Hypnotic, her family said. She was set to attend LaGuardia Community College with hopes of becoming a veterinarian.