Federal prosecutors rolled out former Bonanno underboss Salvatore "Good Looking Sal" Vitale as their opening witness in the racketeering trial against former Colombo street boss Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli and reputed soldier Dino "Little Dino" Saracino as reported by Noah Rosenberg for The New York Times: "currently under witness protection, Mr. Vitale has been credited by prosecutors with identifying more than 500 organized crime members and associates."
Vitale testified about the power struggle within the Colombo family that "was so self-destructive that at one point, the city's four other crime families took the rare step of convening the New York Mafia Commission to meet with them" as reported by Mitchel Maddux for the New York Post:
"Bodies are all over the street, and legitimate people are getting killed. We can't go on like this," a ranking Genovese mobster told the Colombo bigs at the secret sit-down, according to Vitale.
Gioeli allegedly orchestrated the hit squad assigned to squelch the Colombo rebellion, and Saracino allegedly was one of his soldiers. Tommy Shots is accused of six murders, and Little Dino of three.
Brooklyn Federal Judge Brian Cogan explained to jurors that Gioeli is called "Tommy Shots" because "on one occasion he was shot" as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News.