The crazed Brooklyn gunman who wounded four cops before he was shot and killed had once dreamed of being a policeman, and was crushed when the NYPD turned him down, officials said yesterday.
"We believe that he made an attempt to become a police officer and
was rejected ... some time ago," Mayor Giuliani said of 47-year-old
The gunman - who had a cache of rifles, shotguns, handguns,
knives and swords in the Gravesend home where he lived with his parents -
had worked as a peace officer for the Parks Department in the early
1980s, police said.
Then, from 1982 to 1984, he worked as a city correction
officer - during which time he was twice investigated for allegations of
excessive use of force.
Giuliani said the charges appeared to have been
unsubstantiated - but details were sketchy, in part because his
personnel records were lost when the building housing them on Hart
"We're going to have to literally dig for the records," Giuliani said.
Alalouf's family told cops he had hoped to transfer from the
Department of Correction to the NYPD - but was told he couldn't become a
cop because he had asthma.
They told investigators Alalouf then had a nervous breakdown - and was apparently never the same.
Alalouf left his correction job in 1984, but at that point the details become sparse.
"The whole picture of his life for the last 16 years is a little hazy," Giuliani said.
Cops said he became reclusive and settled into his parent's Gravesend home.
Alalouf "[lived] off the family and, for the past 15 years,
has been somewhat of a hermit," said Chief of Detectives William Allee.
Neighbors said that for years Alalouf was known as a
mean-spirited loner who yelled at neighborhood kids and eventually
erected a wooden fence that he painted red and topped with razor wire.
He kept dogs, including a pit bull, and secretly began amassing an arsenal of weapons.
The family told police that Alalouf was never hospitalized for
mental illness, but had been treated for depression and was taking
anti-depressive medication and sleeping pills.
They told cops he'd acted strangely for the last 15 years but
in recent days had become even more belligerent, brooding and violent.
On Saturday he told his parents to buy propane and gasoline so
he could blow up their house, adding that he intended to shoot and kill
cops. That's when they finally went to police to get help - leading to
their son's rampage.
Police said Alalouf lived in a foul-smelling, squalid basement
room full of guns, ammunition and boxes bristling with samurai swords
and hunting knives.
In an upstairs room, cops found the decaying bodies of a dog and cat stuffed into a suitcase.
Relatives told investigators these were pets he had intended
to bury on property in Pennsylvania he used as a hunting camp - but he'd
never gotten around to it. The animals appeared to have been dead at
least a month.
Alalouf's parents returned to their three-story Parkway Court
home yesterday afternoon - after driving around the neighborhood waiting
in vain for reporters to leave.
"Get out of here!" shouted Alalouf's mother, Irene, when a reporter approached the family's white van.
When she finally entered the house with her husband, Sam, she
snapped at a TV reporter who asked how she felt: "I lost a son. How do
you think I feel?"
Neighbor Anna Saltalamacchia, 52, lives in an apartment whose back windows face the back of Alalouf's house.
"I could hear him sometimes, yelling and laughing," she said
of Alalouf. "I don't know if he was alone or what, but it wasn't a
regular laugh. It was kind of wild and evil."
She also said he would expose himself to her.
"I would be taking sun on the porch and he would be standing
in the window naked. I stopped doing that because of him," she said.
Neighbor Heather Adelle, 22, said Alalouf used to yell at her when she played on the block as a youngster.
"There used to be lots of kids running around. He was obsessed with quietness," Adelle said.
"He would yell at us out the window to be quiet. He would say,
‘Shut up and go home.' If we didn't leave, he would get louder and
"He was never friendly, never a hello or anything," she said.
Of the family, she added, "They were never social."
NY Post, Monday,August 14,2000