DYKER HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — Police asked for the public's help Tuesday in identifying a man seen in surveillance video released in connection to the fatal shooting of L&B Spumoni Gardens co-owner Louis Barbati.
The video shows an unidentified male walking in the vicinity of the shooting shortly before it occurred, police said, adding that they wish to question the man.
Barbati, 61, was coming home from work when he was confronted by a hooded gunman just after 7 p.m. June 30 at his home on 12th Avenue near 76th Street, according to police.
He was holding a bread bag containing $10,000 when he was shot multiple times in his back, arms and legs, according to police sources.
The surveillance video was released days after Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said the killer knew Barbati was carrying a significant amount of money, but did not take any cash and remains at large.
Barbati is known throughout the city for being the co-owner of L&B Spumoni Gardens, started by his grandfather in 1939.
The shop, known for its Sicilian-style pizza, gained notoriety when it was featured on the Travel Channel’s “Man Vs. Food,” and in 2012 when a mob turncoat claimed the restaurant was at the center of a gangland dispute over its red sauce recipe.
At a federal trial of a reputed Colombo organized crime family associate, a cooperator testified that the defendant — the husband of a member of the L&B family — flew into a rage when he became suspicious that a Staten Island pizzeria stole a red sauce recipe.
The witness testified that as payback, the Colombos tried to extort $75,000 from the owner of the Staten Island eatery. He said the owner ended up only paying $4,000.
Anyone with information asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.