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Updated with video: L&B Spumoni Gardens owner gunned down in Dyker Heights • Brooklyn Paper

Updated with video: L&B Spumoni Gardens owner gunned down in Dyker Heights

Police officer secure the intersection of 12th Avenue an 76th Street in Dyker Heights where Louis Barbati was murdered Thursday night.
Photo by Georgine Benvenuto

The co-owner of famed Gravesend pizzeria and ice cream emporium L&B Spumoni Gardens was shot dead in front of his Dyker Heights home on June 30.

A hooded gunman pumped five rounds into 61-year-old Louis Barbati (inset) at the corner of 12th Avenue and 76th Street and then fled at 7:12 pm, officials said.

It is the first shooting in Dyker Heights this year and the first apparent murder in two, according to crime statistics. An off-duty police officer shot and killed himself last year.

Police believe the shooter was trying to rob Barbati, who was found with $15,000 cash on his corpse, officials said.

Gunplay is so rare in the middle-class neighborhood — known for its colorful Christmas decorations each Yuletide — that the attack must have been planned, a local pol said.

“It’s usually a quiet area, so there gotta be a reason for it,” Assemblyman Peter Abbate (D–Bensonhurst) told this paper. “It’s not random violence.”

The shooter was a white male in his 30s last seen wearing cargo shorts and a black hooded sweatshirt, police said.

Neighbors speculated the slaying was tied to the mob, according to our news partner Pix 11, and a source told this paper it may have been related to gambling debts.

Mafia clans the Colombo and Bonnano families nearly went to war over a sauce recipe stolen from the famed pizzeria in 2012, according to a Daily News account.

Barbati’s grandfather Ludovico Barbati started the slice-and-ice empire in Brooklyn in 1938, first pedaling his pies from a horse-drawn carriage. The pizzaiolo topped off his eatery at the corner of 86th and W. 10th streets in the mid-1950s, according to the restaurant’s website.

The family held a funeral at St. Ephrems on July 5 and buried Barbati at St. John Cemetery in Queens.

Seeing him off: Family and friends carry Barbati’s body into a waiting hearse after his funeral at St. Ephrem’s.
Photo by Georgine Benvenuto

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