Joe Bruno on the Mob – Botched Albanian Mob Hit


The Albanian gunman, Bajram Lajqi, actions in the article below were to the art of killing, as the Keystone Cops were to the art of law enforcement.

This reminds me of a scene from the great movie “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” “The Bad” (Eli Wallach) is taking a bath in a small bath tub in a dusty western town, when suddenly a gunman bursts into the room, gun drawn. Instead of shooting Wallach and getting it over with, the gunman starts a rambling diatribe explaining why he is going to kill Wallach.

Wallach stares bemusedly at the gunman, then from amidst the bubbles in his bath, a gun appears and he shoots the gunman dead.

Wallach then stands and says to the dead gunman, “If you going to talk – talk, if you’re going to shoot – shoot!”

The same principal applies in the article below. My advice to Bajram Lajqi, who is now cooling his heels in jail because his stupid act was caught on the outside cameras of the Tosca Cafe on East Tremont Avenue in The Bronx: Next time you intend to shoot someone – shoot! Don’t walk over, punch your intended victim in the face, throw a shot at a bouncer in front of the restaurant who was just doing his job, and then try to shoot your intended victim.

Bajram Lajqi ‘s actions were just plain lunacy.

I have a feeling, because of Bajram Lajqi’s, Albanian hit men will now be considered to have the same capabilities as Venus DeMilo had picking people’s pockets.

But that’s just me.

The article below appeared in the New York Post.

‘Mob hit’ is poorly executed
All out of whack


Last Updated: 3:07 AM, July 12, 2011

Posted: 3:02 AM, July 12, 2011

This alleged hit man should have watched “The Godfather” a few more times to see how it’s done.

Unlike Al Pacino’s cool-headed Michael Corleone, suspected Albanian Mafia gangster Bajram Lajqi allegedly blew a planned hit on another gangster because he let his temper get the best of him.

Lajqi turned what might have been a quiet murder on a darkened New York street into a public spectacle in a crowded restaurant, according to an account filed by Brooklyn federal prosecutor Steven Tiscione.

Lajqi was busted recently by the feds on drug-trafficking charges and firing a gun in connection with narcotics smuggling.

It all began when Lajqi and his henchman went looking for a man who allegedly had been involved in a drug-smuggling scheme with them, which led to a falling out, authorities said.

Shortly before midnight on June 3, Lajqi and his cohort, Carlos Alvarez, went to the Tosca Cafe on East Tremont Avenue in The Bronx, the report says.

Before entering the restaurant, investigators believe the pair first located their intended victim’s car, which was parked outside, and punctured all its tires.

NYPD detectives and Drug Enforcement Administration agents investigating the incident later came to believe this was a tactic aimed at making it hard for the victim to flee.

But apparently the mere sight of his intended victim was too much for Lajqi to bear, and, channeling Joe Pesci in “GoodFellas,” he walked right over and allegedly punched him in the face.

Then Lajqi whipped out a pistol and turned it on a bouncer who intervened — but that gave the marked-for-death man a chance to run out the door, the report says.

The mobsters ran after him, and when Lajqi caught up, he allegedly fired several shots at the man outside the eatery.

The victim was hit in his left and right thighs, the report says, but he somehow was able to run away and later sought treatment at a hospital.

Even worse for Lajqi, the entire scene was caught on surveillance tape, authorities said.

With the help of informants, federal investigators discovered that Lajqi and the victim had allegedly been partners in a pot-trafficking organization, the report says.


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