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'Sniper van' found in Metairie leads to mystery with mob ties
NOLA.com | Times-Picayune ^ | July 18, 2014 | Andy Grimm

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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TOPICS: Conspiracy; Humor; Local News; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: la; mafia; metairie; mob
Pictures at link

Do mobsters ever retire?

1 posted on 07/19/2014 6:13:12 PM PDT by BBell
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To: BBell

There’s only two ways out for his type. Dead or in prison.


2 posted on 07/19/2014 6:15:10 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: BBell

a .22LR is not a sniper rifle. But the story is still odd.


3 posted on 07/19/2014 6:20:28 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: BBell

***.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!


4 posted on 07/19/2014 6:22:36 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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To: BBell

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.

Last 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”.


5 posted on 07/19/2014 6:22:57 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature

Not a sniper rifle, but it is a Ruger 10-22. A real tack driver.


6 posted on 07/19/2014 6:26:23 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Please $upport Free Republic.)
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To: gaijin

Yep “White Van” was racis dog whistle for “White Man”...


7 posted on 07/19/2014 6:27:55 PM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: BBell

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


8 posted on 07/19/2014 6:28:12 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: BBell

A 22-250 or even a .22mag makes a nice sniper rifle. Of course a .223 is a military standard.


9 posted on 07/19/2014 6:29:59 PM PDT by fuente (Liberty resides in three boxes: the ballot box, the jury box and the cartridge box--Fredrick Douglas)
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To: BBell

Old School New Orleans gangbanging thugs.

No telling how many kids in New Orleans that they have murdered.


10 posted on 07/19/2014 6:30:35 PM PDT by Oliviaforever
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To: BBell; ButThreeLeftsDo; Lurker; IllumiNaughtyByNature; Ruy Dias de Bivar; gaijin
The two guys should have said the van was outfitted for shooting nutriarats.

Jefferson Parish S.W.A.T. hunting nutria in canal

Nutria Slayers 1

11 posted on 07/19/2014 6:31:53 PM PDT by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature
The SV99 has left a wake of bodies in Chechnya other hotspots around the world.

.22LR is a excellent choice for certain situations.

12 posted on 07/19/2014 6:33:23 PM PDT by Theoria (I should never have surrendered. I should have fought until I was the last man alive)
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To: Theoria

Indeed it is. Inside 150 yards in the hands of a skilled shooter it is quite lethal.


13 posted on 07/19/2014 6:35:44 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Theoria

Quiet too.


14 posted on 07/19/2014 6:39:07 PM PDT by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
Now where did they find ammo for it!

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.

15 posted on 07/19/2014 6:45:14 PM PDT by sockmonkey (Of course I didn't read the article. After all, this is Free Republic.)
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To: sockmonkey

my Brother in Law has some .22 lr ammo

At least a few hundred rounds. Make an offer! Want me to take a pic?


16 posted on 07/19/2014 6:46:37 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: BBell

IDF used to use them...maybe still do.

You can trick out the 10-22 and make a real tackdriver.


17 posted on 07/19/2014 6:47:15 PM PDT by Geoffrey
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FReepers! Let's go!
Every donation counts!



18 posted on 07/19/2014 6:48:17 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: sockmonkey

Lemme guess. The first man in line bought the limit of three boxes. The second man bought the last one. The others got nothing.


19 posted on 07/19/2014 6:49:04 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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To: GeronL
my Brother in Law has some .22 lr ammo

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.

20 posted on 07/19/2014 6:53:57 PM PDT by sockmonkey (Of course I didn't read the article. After all, this is Free Republic.)
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To: sockmonkey

okay.


21 posted on 07/19/2014 6:54:30 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo; IllumiNaughtyByNature

Golfballs and woodchucks at approaching a hundred yards.
But sniper rifle?
Lol.


22 posted on 07/19/2014 6:55:20 PM PDT by Darksheare (I don't have a copy. one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
Lemme guess. The first man in line bought the limit of three boxes. The second man bought the last one. The others got nothing.

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.

23 posted on 07/19/2014 6:56:37 PM PDT by sockmonkey (Of course I didn't read the article. After all, this is Free Republic.)
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To: GeronL
I've still got Y2K bricks. I'm not sure how many because they keep on popping up when I open a moving box or a shop drawer that I haven't been into in years.

Thousands of rounds, anyway. Y2K been berry, berry good to me.... .22LR and TP. ;)

/johnny

24 posted on 07/19/2014 7:07:53 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

bump


25 posted on 07/19/2014 7:13:10 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature
.22 with subsonic rounds max 100yds. Yes, it can be an effective sniper rifle.

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.

26 posted on 07/19/2014 7:28:09 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: sockmonkey

Put a shallow pan of ammonia under the house and save your ammo for more important things


27 posted on 07/19/2014 7:31:27 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: MaxMax

Yup ... the 1 in 9 twist works nicely for the Aquila SS 60 grain bullet.


28 posted on 07/19/2014 7:41:23 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: BBell

Louisiana? Maybe he was just fixin to get him some gator meat for da gumbo.


29 posted on 07/19/2014 7:42:48 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: BBell

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.


30 posted on 07/19/2014 8:46:10 PM PDT by octex
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To: octex

Evidently it must have made a difference because people around here do not see them near as much as they used to.


31 posted on 07/19/2014 9:17:46 PM PDT by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: hoosiermama
"Put a shallow pan of ammonia under the house ..."

How does that work? Never heard of doing that before.

32 posted on 07/19/2014 9:49:09 PM PDT by fulltlt
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To: Mastador1

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.


33 posted on 07/19/2014 10:14:10 PM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: gaijin
Also the actual bust was done by responsible citizens, NOT by officers.

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.

34 posted on 07/19/2014 10:46:03 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: fulltlt

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.


35 posted on 07/20/2014 1:14:50 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature
a .22LR is not a sniper rifle. But the story is still odd.

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....

36 posted on 07/20/2014 4:11:48 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: BBell

A silenced .22lr in a bustling urban setting fired from the cover of a vehicle stopped at an intersection could be very effective.


37 posted on 07/20/2014 4:37:28 AM PDT by fso301
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To: trebb; MaxMax
Your vehicle description made me LOL.

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

38 posted on 07/20/2014 8:58:13 AM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: GeronL

LOL.


39 posted on 07/20/2014 9:02:01 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Geoffrey
Ruger 10/22
40 posted on 07/20/2014 9:03:32 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature
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?

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.

41 posted on 07/20/2014 9:10:22 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature
I have no knowledge of how the setup would work on Humans, but on rabbits it's really effective.
If I miss a head shot the Rabbits just stand there wondering what that bug was that
singed their whiskers. .22LR makes them scatter because of the sonics of the bullet.

It's still a fun way to shoot the AR, and inexpensive for plinking.

42 posted on 07/20/2014 1:01:02 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: BBell
"I have heard it called a 'sniper van,' but I don't know what to make of that," he said.

Ever go shining deer?

43 posted on 07/20/2014 1:06:00 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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