Was it a botched mob hit or just a random act of violence? Whatever the case, New York City police yesterday shot and killed a Brooklyn man who shot the owner of a tire dealership in the city.
According to news reports, the suspect screamed "You are not taking me alive!" while aiming two .38 caliber pistols at police, who shot Carl Lastorino, 45, in the chest.
The situation began Monday at around 4:30 p.m. when Lastorino came into Peter’s Custom Wheels and Tires on Linden Blvd. and shot Peter Argentina, 49, the owner of the business. Police said Lastorino fired six shots, but Argentina was struck in the right shoulder and right hand. At last report, he was in stable condition in the hospital.
Lastorino, meanwhile, fled on foot but got only a few hundred feet before police spotted him. The resulting standoff resulted in the two patrol officers each firing one shot at the assailant.
While not offering any details, police speculated that the attack may have been a mob-related hit.