On this day in 1992 Nicholas Grancio, who was a Colombo soldier, was killed in a drive-by-shooting.
In the early 1990’s an internal war broke-out in the Colombo crime family when capo Vittorio Orena challenge imprisoned mob boss Carmine Persico for the leadership of the family. “Nicky Black” sided up to the faction led by Orena making him a prime target for the Persico loyalists.
Nicky pulled up at a set of red lights in his Toyota, at the same time The Grim Reaper, Greg Scarpa pulled up by the side of him. Prior to this Greg Scarpa had an attempt made on his life so he was seeking revenge on the Orena faction, and he had an idea that Nicky was in on the hit attempt.
Nicky on that day was gunned down by The Grim Reaper while sitting in his car, and to make sure he was dead Scarpa got out of his car and unloaded more bullets at close range into Nicky Grancio’s face.