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June 22, 2013

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

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 yesterday 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.

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