(CNN) — A 31-year-old man who worked for the production crew of the NBC show “Law & Order: Organized Crime” was shot to death while guarding parking spots early Tuesday morning, New York City police said.
The victim was later identified as Johnny Pizarro, 31, of Queens, according to an NYPD news release.
Pizarro, who was hired to monitor the production company’s parking lot, was sitting in a car on North Henry Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, when an unknown assailant allegedly opened the vehicle door and fired a gun, striking him in the neck and around the head. 5:15 a.m. local time, according to NYPD spokeswoman Detective Sophia Mason.
The assailant ran away while emergency services rushed the victim to a nearby hospital, where they were unable to save him, Mason said.
Investigators are now searching for the gunman and a motive, including reviewing surveillance footage of the area, Mason said.
In a statement, NBC and Universal Television, which produces the series, said they were “terribly saddened and shocked to hear that one of their team members was the victim of a crime early this morning and died as a result.”
“We are working with the local police as they continue to investigate. Our hearts go out to his family and friends and we ask that you respect his privacy during this time,” he read in the statement.
“Law & Order: Organized Crime” stars Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler and concluded its second season in May.
CNN’s Sandra Gonzalez contributed to this report.