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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Cops take Philadelphia mobster into custody after man is murdered

Action News has learned the shooting death of a man on Wednesday afternoon in South Philadelphia has a link to the mob.
The shooting happened in the 2800 block of Iseminger Street at 3:00 p.m.
The victim was found slumped over in a pickup truck with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to the hospital where he later died.
That man, said to be in his 50s, also has ties to the mob, sources told Action News. His name has not been released pending notification of family.
Witnesses reported seeing black Honda leaving the scene, and gave police the license plate number. Sources tell Action News that a car, registered to alleged mob member Anthony Nicodemo, was seen leaving the area.
There was no immediate word on if Nicodemo was involved in the killing.
However, he has been taken into custody for questioning by police.
Police also say they are looking for another person in connection with this case.
There was no word on a motive.
"I heard the five gunshots, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. I know they were gunshots," said neighbor Joe Lyons.
"My family knew him real well. I can't believe this happened. I was at work when I heard about it," said John Smith, Jr.
Nicodemo had previously been implicated in an illegal $22 million sports betting operation running out of the Borgata in Atlantic City.
Authorities are also looking to see if this killing has any ties to the ongoing racketeering trial of reputed mobster Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi and six of his underlings. They are accused of using threats of violence to run illegal gambling and loan shark operations. Ligambi is described as the current boss of the Philadelphia Mob.



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