The lout pumped three bullets into the facade of Marco Polo Ristorante, its co-owner said, but the shots did not faze staff of the red-sauce staple, which welcomed patrons to its dining room later that day.
“Just three shots hit the window, two ricocheted off the ground,” said Marco Chirico. “Not a lot of damage at all.”
Cops, however, found 10 shells across the street from the eatery, where they said the nogoodnik fired from around 6 am, along with several bullet fragments. And Marco Polo seemed to be the gunman’s only target, according to a police spokesman.
“No other establishments were fired upon,” said Sergeant Jones.
But Chirico — whose father, Joseph Chirico, pleaded guilty in 2008 to laundering money for the notorious Gambino family decades after he opened the neighborhood institution between Union and President streets in 1983 — said rumors alleging the Mafia was involved in the incident are a bunch of bolognese, because the bullets also hit a parked car and Carroll Gardens is not new to crime or gunfire.
“None of that’s true,” he said. “It had nothing to do with us. A couple shootings happened around this neighborhood, and big robberies where people got shot.”
The investigation is ongoing, according to authorities, who said they have yet to determine a motive or make any arrests, and that they suspect a man wearing a black hooded jacket may have fired the bullets.