Frankie Roche, the admitted shooter in the contract killing of Genovese capo Adolfo Bruno, testified for a second day at the racketeering trial against reputed soldier Emilio Fusco as reported by Stephanie Barry for The Republican:
Roche told jurors he shot Bruno six or seven times on Nov. 23, 2003, in a dark parking lot in downtown Springfield for a $10,000 fee, recruited by Bruno's rivals who were looking to run the city. Coincidentally, Roche had independently drawn the ire of Bruno when Roche wrecked a bar owned by Bruno's friend shortly before the killing. So, Roche told jurors he blurted a greeting triggered by machismo just before he pumped the powerful crime boss full of bullets. "I said: 'Hey, Al ... you looking for me? Then I shot him once, then another four or five times. Then he fell to the ground and I shot him again," Roche told jurors on Tuesday.
Roche may have been nothing more than a punk with a gun but his wisecrack -- "Hey Al, you looking for me?" -- prior to bringing down the Genovese boss will become a classic line in mob lore.