June 21, 2013

Bulger witness: Car hit was like a 'firing squad'

By Denise LaVoie / The Associated Press

BOSTON — A man who survived a wild shooting told jurors at James "Whitey" Bulger's racketeering trial that it felt like "a firing squad hit us" when a car he was in was struck by more than 100 bullets.

Frank Capizzi said he was riding in the back seat behind Albert Plummer when the car was shot up in March 1973. Capizzi was shot multiple times. Plummer, a member of a rival gang, was killed.

Capizzi said he soon left Boston out of fear.

When Bulger's lawyer began to question him, Capizzi invoked his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination.

The 83-year-old Bulger is charged with playing a role in 19 murders during the 1970s and '80s while allegedly leading the mostly Irish-American Winter Hill Gang. He has pleaded not guilty.

Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors




Further Discussion

Here at PressHerald.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)