"Patil was on his way to Rabale in his Scorpio with eight to 10 people, when another Scorpio blocked their car near Vittawa subway. Three to four men got off the vehicle and fired four rounds at Patil's Scorpio with a .9 mm pistol or revolver," said Dattatray Mandlik, deputy commissioner of police (zone I).
"Patil got out of his vehicle and tried to escape but the assailants followed him and pumped two bullets into his head. The assailants fled, leaving their vehicle behind. It was a well-planned attack,” Mandlik added.
The police have recovered choppers, rods and a revolver from the assailants’ vehicle.
Kiran Chaure, who was travelling with Patil, too was injured in the firing. He has been admitted to a private hospital in Airoli.
While sources said gangster Sujit Sutar could be involved in the murder, the police have refused to reveal any names.
"The motive seems to be previous enmity as both the accused and the deceased have criminal records. We do not want to disclose any names as of now as that will alert them," said Mandlik.