CARROLL GARDENS – The NYPD has released surveillance video of a man wanted for questioning in connection to a shooting at the Marco Polo Ristorante late last month.
The video footage was released by investigators last Friday and shows a man walking near the Marco Polo Ristorante around the time several rounds were shot into the storefront, according to the New York Post.
Police describe the male suspect as approximately 6’0″ to 6’2″ with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a fedora, a dark-colored waist-length coat, and light pants.
At approximately 9am on Sunday, February 25, an employee arriving to work at the Italian restaurant located at 345 Court Street (on the corner of Union) discovered several holes in the front of the building. He called the police whose investigation found that a lone gunman shot several times into the eatery’s exterior at approximately 6am earlier that morning, according to a police representative.
Several gunfire fragments were found inside the restaurant. No injuries or damage to neighboring properties were reported.
Police recovered ten shell casings in front of the Body Elite gym located across the street from the restaurant, according to the New York Post. The paper reports that the gym’s surveillance camera captured footage of a hooded man “stalking around outside” just before the shooting occurred.
Joseph Chirico opened Marco Polo Ristorante in 1983. He pleaded guilty to laundering money for the Gambino crime family in 2008, the New York Post reports, adding that investigators say the restaurant was targeted as “some kind of message.”
The investigation is ongoing.