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Armed Man Killed By Police Left Suicide Note

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

June 22, 2011

NEW YORK – Armed with two loaded pistols, 45-year-old Carl Lastorino of Brooklyn stormed into Peter’s Tire and Rim Shop in East New York yesterday just before 5 p.m. and screamed, “Peter, this is for you!” before opening fire, police say.


A .38 caliber handgun recovered in the backseat of the livery cab.

The alleged recipient of Lastorino’s largess was presumably the shop’s owner, 49-year-old Peter Argentina, who was shot once in the right shoulder and once in the right hand. Fortunately, he’s in stable condition at Brookdale University Hospital. Lastorino, on the other hand, is dead.

After the shooting, police say Lastorino bolted out of the shop and flagged a livery cab several blocks south on Flatlands Avenue. He had just tossed his jacket and one of the revolvers into the back of the car when a police van pulled up and two officers commanded him to drop the other gun.

Instead, Lastorino yelled, “You’re not taking me alive,” according to NYPD spokesman Paul Browne.

The two cops, a sergeant and a police officer, opened fire, striking him twice in the chest, the Times reports. Police say that the gun in his hand did not have any live rounds, just spent casings, and at a press conference last night, Browne speculated, “We think he may have, in his confusion, thrown the loaded gun into the car.”

It’s unclear what Lastorino’s motive was, and a man who answered the phone at Peter’s Tire and Rim Shop hung up when we asked about the incident.

The Daily News notes that “in the 75th Precinct, which covers East New York, 54 people have been wounded in 39 shootings this year—a 21% spike over the 32 shootings logged last year at this time.”

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