A Bonanno crime family associate was critically wounded in an attempted hit steps away from his lavish Bronx compound Wednesday morning, law enforcement sources told The Post.
Salvatore ‘Sally Daz’ Zottola was shot multiple times – including once to the head and three times in his torso — when someone who pulled up in a dark-colored Nissan sedan opened fire as he was walking to his car on Tierney Place near Longstreet Avenue in the Locust Point section of the borough at around 6:40 a.m., sources said.
Zottola, 41, was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center in critical, but stable condition, officials said.
The shooting suspect, described as an adult man, was spotted driving away from the crime scene, sources said.
Police recovered four shell casings at the scene where a pool of blood could be seen in the street a few feet away from the curb.
There were no immediate arrests
Neighbors on Tierney Place were not shocked by the gun violence.
“It’s not a surprise. Look at what he does for a living,” one woman said. “I can’t say any more. It’s not worth my life. It’s not worth my daughter’s life.”
The Zottola family appears to own a cluster of three similar-looking homes at the end of Tierney Place, near a yacht club and a marina.
One of the homes has a “Z” emblazoned at the top of it on the front façade along with a circular imprint on the side that says “ZOTTOLA’S COURT” — featuring an engraved flower and words underneath that read: “OUR WALLS ARE BUILT THICK OUR LOVE FOR EACH IS THICKER.”
Another one of the homes has a similar plaque on the side of it that reads “ZOTTOLA’S COURT” with the words, “OUR FOUNDATION IS BUILT FROM LOVE OUR STRENGTH KEEPS US TOGETHER.”
And a third home in the complex has a faux address on it listed as 2 Jukebox Lane.
Imprisoned for life Bonanno crime-family boss Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano once set up his mistress, Debra Kalb, in a Bronx home owned by Zottola, according to published reports.
Additional reporting by Stephanie Pagones