‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Crew Member Killed in Shooting Identity Revealed

by Alex Falls

The identity of the victim killed on the set of Law & Order: Organized Crime today has been revealed. The situation is still unfolding, but Variety confirmed a crew member working on the Law & Order spin-off was killed in an ambush Tuesday morning.

According to the NYPD, the crew member was a 31-year-old male named Johnny Pizarro. He was sitting in his car at approximately 5:15 am ET in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn. An unknown person then approached the car, opened the door, and opened fire. Pizarro was pronounced dead on arrival after being transported to Woodhull Hospital.

NBC and Universal Television released a joint statement earlier today when the news broke.

“We were terribly saddened and shocked to hear that one of our crew members was the victim of a crime early this morning and has died as a result. We are working with local law enforcement as they continue to investigate. Our hearts go out to his family and friends and we ask that you respect their privacy during this time.”

Law & Order Set Tragedy Still Unfolding

Filming for the Law & Order spinoff was set to take place on Tuesday in the neighborhood where Pizarro was killed. He was there early as part of set security and parking enforcement. Pizarro was employed by a private company contracted by the production. At this time, the killer’s motive and identity are still unknown. Witnesses described the killer as someone wearing a black hoodie and black pants.

The incident is still being investigated, but there are few facts that have been confirmed. An area resident present at the time of the tragic shooting reports that “[there was] a car sound, and then yelling.” According to the witness, a lot of “people were freaking out.”

“It seems kind of detached from everyday life around here. It’s not the kind of thing you’d expect from the block,” the resident said.

The witness added that it’s not out of the ordinary for TV productions to film in the neighborhood. “They shoot a lot over here, so the parking routine is pretty normal,” said the resident. “Them setting up cones, moving their cars. [There are] plenty of parking spots at 5 a.m. I have no idea what happened.”

At the time of this reporting, no arrests have been made. The situation remains ongoing.

Law & Order: Organized Crime was filming its third season when the tragic shooting occurred. The spin-off series stars former SVU player Christopher Meloni as the fan-favorite detective Elliot Stabler who stepped away from the Special Victims Unit and now works for the New York City organized crime unit.