The son of an alleged Bonanno crime family associate was shot multiple times on a Bronx sidewalk on Wednesday morning—and the shooting was caught on a security camera.
The incident took place at 6:30 a.m. on July 11, near Tierney Place and Locus Point Drive. A gunman shot at a 41-year-old man, chasing the victim as he fell to the ground and tried to roll away. The gunman then fled in a car.
The victim suffered gunshot wounds to his torso and left hand, and was also grazed on the head. According to WCBS 2, "Sources confirm the shooting victim is Salvatore Zottola, the son of a known alleged mafia associate. Police however could not confirm that the shooting was mob related."
The Post reports that Zottola "is heavily sedated at Jacobi Medical Center, but has spoken enough to investigators to make clear he refuses to help, according to sources." His father, Sylvester, 71, was apparently "roughed up at least three times since last year," sources told the Post, including an incident where he was clubbed on the head last September.
One neighbor of Salvatore Zottola's spoke to the Post, "It’s not a surprise. Look at what he does for a living. I can’t say any more. It’s not worth my life. It’s not worth my daughter’s life."
The gunman was last seen wearing a light colored cap, a black hooded sweatshirt, dark colored pants and black and white sneakers, and the car he fled in was described as a red four door Nissan sedan with yellow license plates driving by an unknown individual.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.