`Duffel Bag’ suspect taken into custody
New York City police detectives Wednesday recovered a sawed-off rifle believed to have been used in the mysterious shooting deaths of three businessmen of Middle Eastern descent, and a person was in custody, a law enforcement official said.
The Ruger 10-22 rifle had a makeshift light attached to its barrel and was found inside a duffel bag belonging to a balding, middle-aged man – identified by the Daily News as Staten Island resident Salvatore Perrone — who was seen on surveillance footage moments after the most recent killing on Friday in Brooklyn, the official said.
The rifle uses the same .22-caliber ammunition that has been found at all three crime scenes. The suspect, also known by police as “John Doe Duffel Bag,” was a clothing salesman, and neighbors and family members of all three victims told the Daily News they remember seeing him near their stores.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said earlier this week that authorities had not ruled out a possible serial killer. A motive remained unclear.