Father of Law & Order crew member, 31, killed on set fears attack may have been ‘targeted’

Father of Law & Order crew member, 31, killed on set fears attack may have been 'targeted' 2
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The father of a man killed on the set of Law and Order: Organized Crime on Tuesday fears the attack may have been targeted.

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Johnny Alvarado Pizarro Jr, 31, was sitting in the drivers’ seat of his vehicle, saving a parking space for members of the crew in Brooklyn, when police say, a hooded gunman opened his car door and shot him. The car was also heavily riddled with bullets in the aftermath.

Pizarro, a father of six, was then rushed to a local hospital with multiple gunshot wounds to his neck and face, and was pronounced dead upon arrival.

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The male suspect, meanwhile, fled the scene on foot and remains on the loose, with one crew member telling Deadline he saw a man running away with ‘something under his shirt.’

He is described as being around 5’4”, with a thin-built. He was reportedly wearing a black hoodie and black pants at the time.

There was apparently no security or New York Police Department officers from the department’s Movie and TV unit on the scene, according to Deadline, with one source telling the magazine: ‘It is unclear right now if this was an established set or not, or whether the victim was close to where filming was supposed to occur.’ 

An investigation into the shooting is ongoing, but authorities are now suggesting the shooting may have been targeted, according to The US Sun.

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Pizarro has a criminal history, and authorities have suggested he may have been killed over a parking dispute.

‘It could’ve been a targeted attack, yes, although I don’t know what he was involved in because I don’t live in New York,’ said his father, Johnny Pizarro Sr. who moved back to Puerto Rico a few years ago.  

‘I don’t know much about his life over there,’ he noted, ‘but it’s worrying. I’m just in shock.’

Johnny Pizarro Jr, 31, was fatally shot while sitting in the drivers' side of a car on the set of Law and Order: Organized Crime, which was filming in Brooklyn on Tuesday

Johnny Pizarro Jr, 31, was fatally shot while sitting in the drivers’ side of a car on the set of Law and Order: Organized Crime, which was filming in Brooklyn on Tuesday

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Pizarro Jr is described as a father of six, with his father saying he always took care of his children. Pizarro Jr is pictured here with one of his kids

Pizarro Jr is described as a father of six, with his father saying he always took care of his children. Pizarro Jr is pictured here with one of his kids

The elder Pizarro said he was first alerted about his son’s death by his daughter.

He had spent the past three years trying to mend his relationship with his son, he said, and last saw him in May, when Pizarro Jr flew down to Puerto Rico to visit him and other family members.

‘I couldn’t believe it when my daughter called me,’ Pizarro Sr told the Sun. ‘We were trying to work on our relationship, but now we no longer can.

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‘But he was my son, no matter what, and I’m sad he’s no longer here.

‘I feel so down,’ he noted, ‘I just can’t believe it.

‘It’s so shocking to me that he’s just disappeared and is not living anymore.’ 

Pizarro Jr has had a criminal history, but authorities say he has stayed out of trouble since 2015, according to the New York Post. 

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Among his arrests were marijuana possession charges and a driving while intoxicated charge in New York City’s 75th Precinct, which includes Brooklyn’s East New York and Cypress Hills neighborhoods.

But since then, the Post reports, the Queens man has had a steady job putting up film-shooting notices, placing cones around sets and parking trucks for crew members.

In a statement to DailyMail.com, NBC confirmed that the victim was a crew member hired by the network. 

‘We were terribly 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,’ the statement read. 

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‘We are working with local law enforcement as they continue to investigate. Our hearts go out to his family and friends and we ask that you respect their privacy during this time.’

The murder took place around 5.15 a.m. in the area of Greenpoint when the killer opened the door of the victim's vehicle and shot him in the face and neck

The murder took place around 5.15 a.m. in the area of Greenpoint when the killer opened the door of the victim’s vehicle and shot him in the face and neck

The victim was sitting inside the vehicle when he was ambushed, and the car was found to be riddled with bullets in the aftermath

The victim was sitting inside the vehicle when he was ambushed, and the car was found to be riddled with bullets in the aftermath

The NYPD is continuing to investigate the crime, which they have suggested may have been targeted as Pizarro Jr has had a criminal history

The NYPD is continuing to investigate the crime, which they have suggested may have been targeted as Pizarro Jr has had a criminal history 

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Friends and neighbors have now said they did not believe Pizarro Jr had any problems with anybody, with his father telling the Post, ‘To me, he was a good boy.

‘He took care of his children,’ the senior Pizarro said. ‘He was always nice to me.’ 

A neighbor also described Pizarro Jr as ‘bubbly,’ saying: ‘Everybody on this block shed a tear’ when they learned of his death.

‘He was a guy’s guy,’ the neighbor said, noting that Pizarro Jr liked to ride around on motorcycles and dirt bikes.

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‘We don’t know him as a guy having beef with people.’ 

And one of his co-workers said Pizarro ‘was a great guy,’ who was ‘always laughing or making somebody laugh.’

The co-worker said he had heard a ‘pop’ early in the morning when Pizarro was shot.

‘It was crazy,’ the shaken colleague of the victim told The New York Post. 

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‘I didn’t hear an argument or nothing. It was quiet, early morning,’ he added.

‘It was just a pop, and the [suspect] ran up towards Nassau [Avenue]. I only heard one bang, but I don’t know how many shots.’

Christopher Meloni is seen at the film set of the Law and Order: Organized Crime in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, on Tuesday, the same day a parking enforcement crew member was killed

Christopher Meloni is seen at the film set of the Law and Order: Organized Crime in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, on Tuesday, the same day a parking enforcement crew member was killed 

In the show - which is currently in its second season - Christopher Meloni reprises his role as beloved Detective Elliot Stabler from Special Victims Unit. Meanwhile, Dylan McDermott portrays Richard Wheatley - a Mafia-related businessman and a suspect in the murder of Stabler's wife

 In the show – which is currently in its second season – Christopher Meloni reprises his role as beloved Detective Elliot Stabler from Special Victims Unit. Meanwhile, Dylan McDermott portrays Richard Wheatley – a Mafia-related businessman and a suspect in the murder of Stabler’s wife

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But a flier tied to a lamp pole on the street where Pizarro was killed was titled ‘Stop Film Shoots Around McGolrick Park,’ and urged residents to complain to their local representatives about ‘how the filming of our neighborhood is displacing your family.’

‘The area around McGolrick Park has had a weekly film shoot for MONTHS taking away DOZENS  of blocks for parking and displacing THOUSANDS of Greenpoint residents while over 600 parking spots were recently REMOVED underneath the BQE for the construction of a bike lane that no ne uses,’ the flier bemoans.

Still, Greenpoint resident Ian Oberholtzer, 35, said it was unlikely Pizarro had been targeted because he was reserving parking spots. 

‘I can’t imagine it was related to parking,’ Oberholtzer said. ‘There’s plenty of parking spots at 5am.’

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He said the murder had shaken the very safe neighborhood. 

‘It’s not the kind of thing you’d expect on the block,’ he added.

‘I never feel threatened or endangered. I’m concerned but also pretty confused by it.’

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