Police probe possible mob hit

Elias Hubbard
October 8, 2018

Sylvester Zottola was blasted once in the head, then four times in the chest and shoulder while sitting in his auto outside the fast food restaurant in New York at around 4.45pm on Thursday, police told the New York Post. EMS responded and he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Sources tell CBS2 a man linked to the Bonanno crime family was shot dead at a McDonald's drive-thru on Webster Avenue in the Claremont section.

Published reports say Zottola had been attacked several times over the past year.

He was reportedly shot once in the head, three times in the chest, and once more in the shoulder. Law enforcement official described as a mafia-style assassination, The New York Times reported.

His son Salvatore Zottola was also injured in July this year when a gunman opened fire at him outside his home.

The July shooting was captured on surveillance video, but the younger Zottola did not cooperate with authorities and no arrests were made, sources told the Post. Investigators reportedly believe that Salvatore was shot to send a message to his father. Is September 2017, he was reportedly hit in the head while walking near his home in the Bronx, and two months later a gunman tried to push him into a vehicle.

His killer was said to have fled in a gray vehicle, according to police.

His son survived an attempted mob hit three months ago. Last December, one out three burglars ransacked his home and stabbed him in the neck, leaving him in critical condition.

No arrests have been made in the incident so far. During a June 12 incident, he was arrested for allegedly shooting at a man who pulled a gun on him outside his home, according to the New York Daily News. According to court documents filed in the Eastern District of NY, the two partnered in running Joker poker machines, Heavy.com reported.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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