NIAGARA FALLS – The owner and president of Integrated Controls told police he opened the door to the office of his Hyde Park Boulevard business to someone claiming to be a pizza deliveryman Tuesday morning and was shot.
Integrated Controls President Sandro Viola, 56, of Niagara Falls, was shot once in the upper chest, in the shoulder area, at about 1:30 a.m. just outside his office at 2323 Hyde Park Boulevard.
Niagara Falls Detective Lt. Michael Trane said Viola was able to call for help on his own.
Viola was taken to Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, for his injuries, where he was treated and released Tuesday afternoon.
“[Viola] said he was in his office, and a man came to the office and knocked on the door. The man said something about delivering a pizza,” investigators said.
Viola told police that two men were at the door and that one of them shot him, said Trane.
“He said he didn’t order a pizza, and they shot him,” police said.
The men fled. Few details were provided about them, but police asked that anyone with information contact city detectives at 286-4553.
Integrated Controls’ offices were last in the news when they were ransacked by burglars in 2006, but nothing valuable was reported stolen.
The motive for the shooting still is under investigation.
Integrated Controls is an aftermarket distributor of car parts and accessories, which includes engine management components for automobiles and high-performance, marine, agriculture, industrial and heavy-equipment markets.
In addition to his city business, Viola is known for his work in recreational tennis circles, where he served as Les Nassoiy League president, as well as for his efforts to increase membership in the Hyde Park co-ed recreational league.
Both of his daughters, Francesca and Danielle, have been members of the tennis league.