New York — The set of “Law & Order” turned into a real-life crime scene in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, on Tuesday.
Johnny Pizzaro, 31, was sitting in his car on North Henry Street around 5 a.m. guarding NBC production trucks when someone approached, opened the door and shot him in the face and neck, police said. The victim died at Woodhull Hospital, CBS2’s Jessica Moore reports.
“Early in the morning, quiet. Just a pop and a friend ran,” said one man.
He told Moore he worked with Pizzaro, putting up “No Parking” fliers and cones on the block where the show “Law & Order: Organized Crime” would be filmed in the morning. He told CBS2 Pizzaro has a wife and six children.
“He was a great guy, a great guy,” the man said.
Aleksandr Gurevich, who works nearby, says tensions are high between residents and film crews, who often tell people they can’t park on their block.
“It looks like the script ‘SVU’ is covering the whole block. They’re parking trailers left, up and right,” Gurevich said.
Gurevich said he wouldn’t be surprised if a crew member was hit in a parking lot accident.
“When the studios take over the whole block, you know people are going to snap,” he said.
Police have not confirmed that a parking dispute led to the death. They said they were investigating a possible connection, but Pizzaro could have been targeted for another reason, especially since the shooter did not take anything from the victim and, according to police, clearly wanted him dead.
The gunman was dressed in all black and left on foot after the shooting, police said.
NBC and Universal Television shared the following statement with CBS2:
“We are deeply saddened and shocked to hear that one of our crew members was the victim of a crime early this morning and has died as a result. We are working with local law enforcement as they continue their investigation. Our hearts go out to his family and friends and we ask that you respect their privacy during this period.”
CBS2’s Nick Calloway spoke to neighbors on the quiet block who said they heard at least one shot.
“I mean, this is crazy. This is crazy,” said one woman. “We didn’t even suspect it was gunshots, so we went back to sleep… Then we woke up and there’s just cops everywhere.”
Neighbors said it was a popular location for productions, especially cop shows.
“They’re always shooting this place. ‘Law and Order,’ ‘NYPD Blue,’ whatever,” the woman added.
They never thought that a crime show would turn into a real-life crime scene.
“No, really? That’s what my daughter said. “Mom, there was a shooting,” she said. I said no, it’s a movie. He said, ‘Well, is everything all right?’ “As far as I know, ‘but I guess not,'” Betty Gifford said.
Pizzaro lived in Queens with his wife and children.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline. 1-800-577-TIPS (8477)or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via DM on their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.
A member of the group “Law & Order” was killed while hanging “No Parking” signs in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
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