The son of a man with alleged mob ties who was shot to death at a New York City McDonald’s drive-thru last year was arrested on murder-for hire conspiracy charges in connection with the plot to take out his father and brother, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.
Anthony Zottola, Sr. of Larchmont, New York, and three others were arrested on the charges Tuesday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.
Prosecutors say Zottola plotted with Bloods gang members to kill his father and brother.
“As alleged, Zottola Sr. set in motion a deadly plot to kill his father and brother, with Bloods gang members carrying out extreme acts of violence to collect a payoff for the hits,” U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said in a statement.
Video from the scene released by the NYPD late Thursday shows the shooter first fire at the victim, identified by the sources as Zottola, from a moving car. Zottola is then seen in the grainy surveillance video trying to duck for cover behind a minivan before the suspect leaps out of the car, shoots several more times and flees in the red sedan.
The victim was taken to a hospital, where he is in critical but stable condition, authorities said. Sources tell News 4 that Zottola’s father was arrested back in June after allegedly shooting a man who pulled a gun on him outside of his home. Both men have been linked to the Bonanno crime family in the past.
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