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Owner of famous Brooklyn Pizzeria gunned down in targeted hit

July 1, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Owner of famous Brooklyn Pizzeria gunned down in targeted hit

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An owner of one of Brooklyn’s most famous Pizzerias was gunned down outside his home Thursday night, in what authorities are calling a targeted hit.

According to the New York Post, the body of 61-year-old Louis Barbati, a co-owner of L&B Spumoni Gardens was found at his home in Dyker Heights Brooklyn around 7 p.m. Thursday with fatal bullet wounds to his head and chest.

Law enforcement sources said Barbati was returning from the Bensonhurst pizzeria when a gunman approached him as he entered the side door of his home.

Police described the suspect as a white male, in his mid-30’s wearing a black hoodie. At the time of his shooting, Barbati’s wife and children were home, officials said.

Imran Arshad, 37, a resident who lives on the same residential street described the chaotic scene after the shooting occurred.

“His wife was screaming, ‘I need help, someone shot my husband.’ She was behind him holding his body,” Arshad said.

Although police said a ­motive had not been determined, evidence suggests it was a targeted assassination.

NYPD officials said Barbati was pronounced dead en route to the hospital and as of Thursday night, the suspect remained at large.

L&B, which was founded by Barbati’s grandfather Ludovico Barbati in 1939, was at the center of a 2009 organized crime-related extortion plot involving a stolen Italian sauce recipe.

Neighborhood residents in the close-knit Italian neighborhood displayed their shock over losing the owner of their favorite pizzeria.

“I’ve been eating at L&B since I was a kid,” said neighbor Frankie Modafferi.

“I’m shocked; Lou was a good guy. His family is broken up. Everyone knew him here. He was well-liked,” said a neighbor who identified himself only as Peter. “It’s a big loss for everyone in the neighborhood. Everyone loves L&B, and everyone loves Louie.”

Police officials said early Friday that investigators were looking over surveillance footage from the homes of nearby neighbors, and revealed they were searching for a white Lexus that was parked at a fire hydrant down the block from the victim’s home when the shooting occurred.

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