An alleged New York City mobster was shot to death at a McDonald's drive-thru in the Bronx, months after his son survived an apparent hit, police say.
Sylvester Zottola, 71 and an alleged Bonanno crime family associate, was found inside his vehicle riddled with gunshots just before 5 p.m. Thursday, according to police. His car was boxed in when a gunman opened fire, sources told The New York Post. He had reportedly just ordered a coffee when he was shot.
Zottola was pronounced dead at the scene. There have been no arrests.
Authorities are investigating whether the victim was involved in a criminal enterprise. His 41-year-old son, Salvatore Zottola, survived a shooting in July (as pictured in the image above). Surveillance video of the incident shows a dark-colored Nissan with New Jersey plates rolling up to the younger Zottola. A masked man exits the vehicle and opens fire on him and he hits the ground in an attempt to dodge the attack. The gunman hurries back to his vehicle and drives off.
It isn’t the first violent altercation for Sylvester Zottola either. During a June 12 incident, he was arrested for allegedly shooting at a man who pulled a gun on him outside his home, according to the New York Daily News. He was arrested for weapons possession, reckless endangerment and other charges. He also survived an attack from a knife-wielding assailant who had burglarized his home on Dec. 27, 2017, according to the New York Daily News.
The Zottola family allegedly have been associated with Bonanno family boss Vincent (Vinny Gorgeous) Basciano, who was jailed for life in 2007 after being convicted of murder.
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