Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes yesterday announced the first-degree murder indictment of Salvatore Perrone, for allegedly shooting three Brooklyn clothing store-owners with the same gun, in three separate incidents.
Perrone, 64, known to some of his Staten Island neighbors as “Son of Sal,” is charged with six counts of murder: Three counts of murder in the first degree, because the indictment charges he killed three people in a similar manner within a period of two years, and three counts of murder in the second degree.
Murder in the first degree carries a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole. Murder in the second degree carries a maximum sentence of 25 years to life, for each count.
All three victims owned the clothing stores where they were killed. Ballistic reports conclude the same .22-caliber semi-automatic rifle was used to kill the three men.
The indictment charges that on the evening of July 6, Perrone shot and killed Mohamed Gabeli, 65, inside Valentino Fashion clothing store at 7718 Fifth Ave. in Bay Ridge.
Then, on the evening of August 2, Perrone shot and killed Isaac Kadare, 59, inside Amazing 99-Cent and Up Deals clothing store at 1877 86th St. in Bensonhurst, says the indictment.
Finally, the indictment charges that on the evening of Nov. 16, Perrone killed Rahmatollah Vahidipour, 78, inside She-She Boutique, at 834 Flatbush Ave.
The case was broken, according to press reports, when investigators found a duffel bag at Perrone’s girlfriend’s Brooklyn apartment that contained a sawed-off rifle and several knives.
Surveillance photos taken by nearby video cameras at several of the crime scenes had shown Perrone carrying a duffel bag, and police called the suspect “John Doe Duffel Bag” before they knew his identity.
The case is being prosecuted by Melissa L. Carvajal, senior trial attorney in the Homicide Bureau. Kenneth M. Taub is chief of the Homicide Bureau.