In New York City, New York, suspected mobster Sylvester Zottola, 71, of the Bonanno crime family was shot to death at a McDonald’s located “at Webster Avenue and Belmont Street around 4:45 p.m,” the New York Post confirmed.
Life imitated art as, just like happened all during “The Godfather,” a hit took place while the victim attended a restaurant. Zottola died at the Bronx fast-food drive-thru while simply waiting for a medium-sized cup of coffee, police said.
Near 5 p.m., many children could have been present, and likely were, adding to the fury of those in the area.
It has been established that Zottola “was shot in the head, chest, and shoulder” while his car was “boxed in” the queue line for food. He was basically a sitting duck when the gunmen showed up.
This isn’t a situation that many people close to the mobster would have expected him to have placed himself in since he was already “roughed up” no less than three times in the last year.
Salvatore Zottola, 41, is the victim’s son and he himself “was injured when a gunman opened fire on him outside his Bronx home July 11,” so it would seem to many that this killing was a long time coming.
That attack was captured on video, but the younger Zottola would not “snitch” on those who conducted the attacks, thus making it impossible for law enforcement to bring the shooter(s) to justice.
For that matter, there have been no arrests in connection with the slaying of Mr. Zottola last Thursday, either.
The attack on the son was thought to have been a “message” for the father who had been the target of threats at the time. In September 2017, the elderly man was “clubbed over the head” while strolling near his Bronx home.
Then, in December, the elderly man walked in on three people “ransacking” his home. One of those thugs stabbed him in the neck, leaving the gangster in critical condition at the Jacobi Medical Center.
The shooter in this attack was said to have been “a black man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark-colored” pants and police have done a complete “sweep” of the area where the killing happened, only to find nothing.
While the lack of snitching may make it hard to bring those guilty to justice, the fact that this slaying took place at a McDonald’s where children, families, and workers trying to make it on low incomes were put at risk have led some citizens to suggest that this hit can’t go unsolved.