Vincent Pisano and Oresta DeRobertis were former members of the "Forty Thieves" gang that operated out of the Gowanus area of Brooklyn. By this date in 1934 both men were living in the same rooming house and each had a room on the top floor.
At 4:00am, eighty-one years ago this morning, two gun men gained entrance to
the house. They made their way upstairs then split up. One went into
Pisano's room, the other DeRoberis's. All the tenants of the house were
suddenly awakened by numerous shots, twelve actually. Six of which
lodged in Pisano's abdomen while three, out of the six that were fired at
him, crashed in DeRobertis' skull.
Why? Who knows, maybe the "Forty Thieves" didn't take kindly to becoming
the "Thirty Eight Thieves" or maybe the landlord knew she could get
more money for the top two rooms. I suspect they had the best view.