A homemade lupara
Hennessy memorial tomb

An early example of criminal use of the weapon in the United States was the assassination of the New Orleans chief of police, David Hennessy, in October 1890.

- Lupara

It is likely that the gunmen were wielding sawn-off shotguns — known in Italian terms as lupara — a common type of execution among Mafiosi.

- David Hennessy

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