Suspected Spumoni Gardens Shooter Arrested, According To Barbati Family Friend


Friends and family say farewell to Louis Barbati at the pizza maker’s funeral at Saint Ephrem’s Catholic Church in Dyker Heights on July 5. Photo by Rachel Silberstein/Bensonhurst Bean

The suspected shooter of L&B Spumoni Garden’s late Louis Barbati has been arrested, and is currently being arraigned in court, according to a family friend of the Barbati’s.

Neither the NYPD nor the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office would confirm or deny the arrest or arraignment.

We’ll keep you updated.

Barbati, a Dyker Heights resident and co-owner of the iconic pizzeria L&B Spumoni Gardens was fatally shot in the vicinity of his home Thursday evening, June 30.
Officers responded to a call of a man shot at 7601 12th Avenue at approximately 7:02pm, and found 61-year-old Louis Barbati in the backyard with bullet wounds to his torso, according to police.

UPDATE: A neighbor of the Barbati’s attests police were able to find the suspect — Andres Fernandez, according to the Daily News — by tracking his car and cellphone. The suspect is a recovering addict known as the “Avenue Y drug dealer”, the source stated.

Indeed, another source who attended the arraignment says the suspect requested drug treatment.

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  • Sean F

    I’m glad they found him. Now, maybe we’ll find out why such a good man had to die so horribly, and the family will get some measure of justice.