A crew member on “Law & Order: Organized Crime” was ambushed and murdered on the film set of the hit NBC show on Tuesday morning.
Johnny Pizarro, 31, was shot and killed at 5:15 a.m. while he was securing parking spaces for the Brooklyn film shoot. He was sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle, when a hooded assailant opened the door and shot him in the face and neck. The father of six was taken to a local hospital for treatment, but was pronounced dead when he arrived.
“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,” NBC said in a statement. “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.”
A coworker who witnessed the crime said the shooting, which occurred while Pizarro was reserving a park spot for the film crew’s truck later in the day, was “crazy.”
“I didn’t hear an argument or nothing. It was quiet, early morning,’’ they commented. “It was just a pop, and the [gunman] ran up towards Nassau [Avenue]. I only heard one bang, but I don’t know how many shots. I don’t even know who would do this or why.’’
The Greenpoint neighborhood is so regularly used as a filming location for New York based law enforcment shows like “Blue Bloods,” “FBI,” and Chris Meloni’s “Law & Order: SVU” spinoff, due to its close proximity to production studios, that local residents didn’t realize that Pizarro’s murder wasn’t scripted.
“This morning I woke up and saw the police officers, I thought it was a fake crime scene,” a local man told the New York Post. “I didn’t think it was a real tragedy … I tried to walk dogs here and saw the tape and thought, ‘Oh, it’s a movie.’ But this was a real shooting.”