Skip to comments.'Sniper van' found in Metairie leads to mystery with mob ties
Posted on 07/19/2014 6:13:12 PM PDT by BBell
Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies found a racketeer and a riddle when they pulled over a van in Metairie two months ago. The racketeer was Joe Gagliano, the 55-year-old son of a reputed New Orleans mob underboss. The riddle was what he was doing in a van outfitted with what appeared to be gun ports, with a sniper rifle and silencer inside.
Late one night a patrol deputy got a tip from a "credible and reliable source" that there was a van with stolen plates, driving on Metairie Road near the Orleans Parish line.
When they pulled over the van, deputies found a loaded .22-caliber rifle with scope wrapped in a piece of carpeting in the back, and a black metal cylinder -- a silencer -- lay in a side compartment, a May 7 arrest report says.
Wooden kitchen chairs were mounted in the cargo area, facing out sliding glass windows that had been installed behind the driver's seat and in one of the back windows. Other windows in the back of the van had been painted over. Underneath a sandbag that was holding one of the chairs in place, deputies found 8 feet of "cannon fuse."
The driver of the van, 72-year-old Dominick Gullo, was booked with possession of stolen property -- the license plate -- and posted bond. Gagliano was "allowed to depart," the report states.
Five weeks later, however, both men were charged in federal court with weapons offenses. They've been in federal custody since.
Mandeville Police Chief Rick Richard saw a report about the arrest more than a month later on television, and he was puzzled. "I have heard it called a 'sniper van,' but I don't know what to make of that," he said.
In the early 1990s, Richard was an FBI agent assigned to the
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Do mobsters ever retire?
There’s only two ways out for his type. Dead or in prison.
a .22LR is not a sniper rifle. But the story is still odd.
***.22-caliber rifle with scope***
A sniper rifle? Come on! Every kid around here has one of those!
Now where did they find ammo for it!
Inspired by the DC snipers, who used a similar system. The removed trunk contents, drilled a small hole in the trunk and removed back-seat paneling.
This permitted a shooter to lay in the back seat and trunk and shoot through the closed trunk lid.
Law enforcement pulled over NUMEROUS whites driving white vans, but the culprit vehicle proved nothing like that. Also the actual bust was done by responsible citizens, NOT by officers.
The younger shooter nearly escaped from questioning via ceiling panels and ducting —he was 90% out of the building, in fact.
The motive for the shooting spree was a CUSTODY matter of the elder shooter with his wife —the younger shooter didn’t know that and was trying to “please Allah” and his “adoptive father”.
Not a sniper rifle, but it is a Ruger 10-22. A real tack driver.
Yep “White Van” was racis dog whistle for “White Man”...
Simple answer is NO!
They have no conscience and no values. What they love is power and control..... kind of like the elite in DC
Thugocracies exist in many places
A 22-250 or even a .22mag makes a nice sniper rifle. Of course a .223 is a military standard.
Old School New Orleans gangbanging thugs.
No telling how many kids in New Orleans that they have murdered.
.22LR is a excellent choice for certain situations.
Indeed it is. Inside 150 yards in the hands of a skilled shooter it is quite lethal.
Really! I was at Walmart last week about 7:30 am. 4 boxes of .22 lr had come in over night. There were seven people in line that wanted them.
my Brother in Law has some .22 lr ammo
At least a few hundred rounds. Make an offer! Want me to take a pic?
IDF used to use them...maybe still do.
You can trick out the 10-22 and make a real tackdriver.
Lemme guess. The first man in line bought the limit of three boxes. The second man bought the last one. The others got nothing.
At least a few hundred rounds. Make an offer! Want me to take a pic?
Lol, thanks for the offer my fellow Texan, but I have about 500 rds. I only use it to shoot racoons, and possums that would like to make their domicile under my house.
Golfballs and woodchucks at approaching a hundred yards.
But sniper rifle?
I don't know how it ended up. I felt sorry for the clerk. I was just passing by on my way to the paint department.
Thousands of rounds, anyway. Y2K been berry, berry good to me.... .22LR and TP. ;)
I fire .22 Aquila SS from my AR conversion and the clack of the bolt is louder
than the round. Quieter than a cap gun with just the flash suppressor.
Fired from inside a room it would be 100% silent.
Put a shallow pan of ammonia under the house and save your ammo for more important things
Yup ... the 1 in 9 twist works nicely for the Aquila SS 60 grain bullet.
Louisiana? Maybe he was just fixin to get him some gator meat for da gumbo.
Around the ‘60s-’70s, nutria were becoming very invasive in the warm waters of the power plant at Mountain Creek lake in West Dallas TX. The workers at the power plant would eat their brown bag lunches on the higher sloped hillside, while using their scoped 22 rifles to kill the nutria. Fun was had by all.
Evidently it must have made a difference because people around here do not see them near as much as they used to.
How does that work? Never heard of doing that before.
22lr ain’t reliable on gator in my opinion. Gonna need something bigger than .30 diameter with a ft-lb of over 200. Gators have tough skulls. You can take them down with a good hit but I’d rather be sure and use a better round.
Not quite true. My recollection is that Chief Moose (black) had the county police running around looking for a white van. Police outside his jurisdiction put the puzzle together and began to suspect John Allen Muhammad (black). I believe they put out a profile. A trucker spotted the car at a rest stop and called in the cops.
It will get rid of most mammals ( including humans*). They don’t like the smell of urine ( ammonia) and will leave.
* I’ve often planned on taking a shopping trip or two day vacation when placed there. Have gotten rid of flying squirrels. Opossum and coons.
Perhaps not what we typically think of as a sniper rifle, but sniping is sniping even at 100 yards or less....
I have more trouble labeling the vehicle as a sniping van - it sounds more like a comfort-oriented recreational vehicle for firearms aficionados....
A silenced .22lr in a bustling urban setting fired from the cover of a vehicle stopped at an intersection could be very effective.
I agree with you, and MaxMax on the performance characteristics of the .22, it's many variations and it's ability to be lethal at a minimal distance.
But, really, the 22LR is not a sniper round, nor is that rifle a sniper rifle set up, in the sense of what the story is attempting to convey, agreed? The sensationalism of the article [and story] are buffered by the admission in later paragraphs that the caliber selection is more of an afterthought of setting up a mobile rig with a port to take pop shots at.... whatever.
That set up, with that caliber is a critter-gitter, at best. So, the emphasis of my original statement, that this is a seriesly (sp) all-around odd story was my intent.
So, no argument with either of you, just FRiendly FReeper conversing and please ping me if any new info comes up. And, i will do the same, if you'd like?
I'm going to set some Google alerts to try to follow it. INBN
No argument whatsoever - I try to take advantage of the opportunities to put some levity into the discussions to keep from getting depressed over the political issues that are destroying us. The ping offer sounds good.
It's still a fun way to shoot the AR, and inexpensive for plinking.
Ever go shining deer?
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