On June 19, 1992, Curtis Sliwa was kidnapped and shot by two gunmen after entering a stolen taxi in Manhattan. The taxi picked up Sliwa near his home in the East Village, and a gunman hiding in the front passenger seat jumped up and fired several shots, hitting Sliwa in the groin and legs. Fortunately, Sliwa leapt from a front window of the moving cab and escaped. He underwent surgery for internal injuries and leg wounds. Federal prosecutors eventually charged John A. Gotti, the son of John Gotti, with the attempted murder. Prosecutors claimed that Gotti was angered by some remarks Sliwa had made on his radio program about Gotti’s father.