The 31-year-old male victim was hanging parking restrictions near Tuesday's filming location at around 5:15 a.m. when he was killed.
A 31-year-old man, who was a Law & Order: Organized Crime crew member, was fatally shot on Tuesday morning in Brooklyn, the New York Police Department confirmed. The victim was sitting in his car on Henry Street when a gunman opened the car door and shot him several times in the head and neck, an NYPD spokesperson told PEOPLE. The victim was enforcing the “no parking” signs near the Brooklyn set of the NBC drama series at around 5:15 a.m. when he was approached by the gunman, reports The Wrap.
A man was fatally shot in an ambush on the set of "Law & Order: Organized Crime” while working parking enforcement for the show, police say. https://t.co/SPNUNSeaFY— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 19, 2022
The shooter is yet to be identified but has been described as s a 5-foot-4 male with a medium complexion and a thin build. He was wearing a sweatshirt, black hoodie, and black pants. No arrests have been made so far in connection with the incident. NBC and Universal Television responded with the following statement, per EW. "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 note read. "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 "Law & Order: Organized Crime" crew member was fatally shot while sitting in a car at a filming location in Brooklyn, the police said. The crew member, who was shot in the head and neck, was enforcing parking restrictions at the time, the police said. https://t.co/VjNrqYnG39— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 19, 2022
Law & Order: Organized Crime features franchise veteran Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler. The show which debuted in April 2021 with Meloni in the lead is currently filming its third season. Meloni first appeared on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 1999. Production on Law & Order: Organized Crime was shut down Tuesday following the victim's death, according to Deadline. The victim was later identified as Johnny Pizarro of Queens who was a parking enforcement worker. Cisco, a coworker of Pizarro, told Variety that Pizarro who was dedicated to raising six kids "was a good guy, not a troublemaker,” Cisco said. “This is the safest neighborhood out of all the five boroughs. New York City is unpredictable.”
More details have emerged about the shooting near the 'Law & Order: Organized Crime' set. https://t.co/l9nALWvKzF— TV Insider (@TVInsider) July 19, 2022
Fabien Levy, press secretary for New York City Mayor Eric Adams, issued a statement regarding the incident saying, “The safety of all New Yorkers is our top priority. No shooting is acceptable, which is why we are working every day to get illegal guns off New York City streets,” the statement read. “The NYPD is actively investigating the fatal shooting of a crew member of Law and Order: Organized Crime early this morning. We offer our deepest condolences to the victim’s family, friends, and coworkers during this difficult time, and will work diligently to bring the suspect to justice and stem the tide of gun violence we are seeing.”
Johnny Pizarro Jr. (pictured below) was shot dead in NY on Tuesday morning while working on the set of Law & Order: Organized Crime.— Luke Kenton (@Luke_Kenton) July 19, 2022
When reached by phone, his dad said he is heartbroken over his son’s death and fears the shooting may have been targeted. https://t.co/bclcyI4HXL