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'Law & Order: Organized Crime' crew member shot and killed on set in New York City

The victim, 31, was doing parking enforcement for the show when he was shot in the face and neck by a perpetrator early Tuesday in Brooklyn.

A man was fatally shot in an ambush on the set of "Law & Order: Organized Crime” while working parking enforcement for the show early Tuesday in Brooklyn.

Johnny Pizarro, 31, of Queens, was sitting in a car in the 200 block of North Henry Street in the Greenpoint neighborhood when he was attacked around 5:15 a.m., the New York City Police Department said. 

A suspect opened the car door and fired, striking Pizarro in the face and neck, according to police.

The victim was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead around 6 a.m., police said. An NYPD spokesman said he was shot four times.

A 31-year-old man was shot to death near a Brooklyn Law & Order set Tuesday as he managed street parking for the show, the NYPD says.
A 31-year-old man was shot to death near a Brooklyn Law & Order set Tuesday as he managed street parking for the show, the NYPD says.NBC New York

Officials said the victim was hired as an outside agent to clear parking to make space for trucks. The shooting may have occurred when the set was not yet active, according to police.

The suspect is described as a man with a thin build, about 5 foot 4 inches tall, last seen wearing a black hoodie and black pants, police said.

No arrests had been made in the case as of Tuesday night, and the motive was unknown, police said.

Pizarro was a father of six, NBC New York reported.

A spokesperson for NBC and Universal Television said in a joint statement, "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."

"We are working with local law enforcement as they continue to investigate," the statement continued. "Our hearts go out to his family and friends and we ask that you respect their privacy during this time." NBC and Universal Television are owned by NBCUniversal, the parent company of NBC News.