Syosset (WALK) - An admitted onetime mobster is in the news again today after a crime on Long Island, but this time he's the victim.
John A. "Junior" Gotti, son of the late Gambino crime family boss "Dapper Don" John Gotti, is reportedly the man who was stabbed outside a Syosset pharmacy on Sunday night. Word is he claims it happened as he was trying to break up a fight between two strangers in a parking lot outside the CVS store on Cold Spring Road, just across from the Syosset train station.
Gotti then made his way to went to North Shore University Hospital in Syosset, where staffers called police because of the nature of the violent wound, according to sources that have spoken to the media. Detectives are calling the stabbing victim uncooperative and will not confirm his identity, other than saying he is a 49-year-old man.
Gotti was reportedly released from the hospital after being treated for an abdominal wound. He lives in Oyster Bay, about a mile away from the CVS.
Detectives are reportedly skeptical that the onetime wiseguy would try to break up a fight between two strangers. The office of Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice is also participating in the investigation.
Gotti served over six years in prison after pleading guilty to charges including racketeering back in 1999. Four more racketeering trials ended in hung juries before prosecutors dropped the case. His father was nicknamed the "Teflon Don" after being acquitted in three high-profile racketeering trials.
Gotti has claimed that he quit the mob in 1999 because he wanted to focus on being a father.