Police hunt for Gambino associate in shooting

WHITESTONE — Police were searching for the grandson of a former Gambino family associate after he allegedly shot an acquaintance on the Whitestone shore early Friday morning, the NYPD said.

Robert Sasso, 33, allegedly shot a 29-year-old man four times near the intersection of Boulevard and 144th streets at around 2 a.m., according to police.

The victim called 911 himself and was rushed to New York Hospital Queens in critical condition.

Police described Sasso as white, 5-foot-9, 180 pounds, with tattoos on his face, neck and arms. He has a tattoo under his right eye, which reads “SMM,” police said.

The suspect’s grandfather, Robert Sasso, was the head of a powerful construction union before he resigned because of alleged mafia ties and was convicted of racketeering, according to the New York Post.

Police had not made an arrest as of Tuesday evening.

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