A Brooklyn filming location for a headline-grabbing crime drama TV show became a murder scene early Tuesday when a man enforcing parking restrictions tied to the production was fatally shot while sitting in a car, police said.
The killing happened on North Henry Street near Norman Avenue in the Greenpoint neighborhood as a crew working on the crime show “Law & Order: Organized Crime” was preparing to film on the block, according to police and fliers posted there.
Police identified the victim as Johnny Pizarro, 31, of Queens.
Mr Pizarro, whose job it was to make sure the road was clear so vehicles connected to the show could park, was sitting in a car when a lone gunman approached the vehicle, opened the door and shot him in the head and the neck. said the police. He was taken to Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
No arrests had been made and no motive had been established as of Tuesday afternoon, police said. A short, thin man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark pants was seen running from the scene of the shooting, police said.
“Law & Order: Organized Crime,” which airs on NBC and stars Christopher Meloni, is the latest iteration of the enduring crime franchise created by producer Dick Wolf. It is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Wolf Entertainment, and is currently filming its third season.
“We were terribly saddened and shocked to learn that one of our crew members was the victim of a crime early this morning and died as a result,” a spokeswoman for NBC and Universal Television said in a statement. “We are cooperating with local law enforcement as they continue their investigation.”
The block where the killing occurred is in the 94th Precinct, an area where serious crime is relatively rare, according to police statistics. There had been no homicide in the area this year as of Sunday, the data showed.
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