NATION : Associate of Crime Boss Slain

From Times wire services

An associate of imprisoned crime boss Nicodemo Scarfo was shot to death early today while parking his car near his home, police said.

Authorities believe more than one gunman was involved but there were no suspects in custody. Police searched rooftops in the area of the shooting in search of evidence.

Louis (Irish Louie) DeLuca, 51, was shot four times at 12:47 a.m. while he was parking his car near his house, Police Capt. Richard DeLise said. He died at 1:38 a.m. at Methodist Hospital.

The windows of his brown Cadillac were blown out by the bullets. A .32-caliber automatic pistol and a .38-caliber revolver were recovered at the scene.

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