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NYPD Has Strong Leads In Slaying Of L&B Spumoni Gardens Co-Owner

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- The NYPD had strong leads Wednesday as investigators continued to search for the suspect who killed the owner of L&B Spumoni Gardens in Brooklyn.

Louis Barbati was ambushed by a gunman outside his Dyker Heights, Brooklyn home at around 7 p.m. Thursday, June 30. The gunman fired off shot after shot at close range, police said.

Police have identified the suspect but he is not in custody, CBS2 has learned.

Sources told 1010 WINS the NYPD has a video of a man hanging out in the area before the shooting, and then leaving after Barbati was killed.

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Investigators have also received several helpful phone calls from members of the community.

Police still believe the killing was the result of a botched robbery. Barbati was carrying $15,000 cash and a loaf of bread when he was shot.

But the killer did not take any cash.

Police believe Barbati parked his white sport-utility vehicle in front of his own garage, walked a few steps up the sidewalk, and through the gate where he was shot dead.

Barbati's wife and two sons were just feet away inside their house as he was struck five times, police said, dying in his own backyard.

The family has put up $50,000 as a reward in the case.

The NYPD is asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS or by logging on to their website at

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