Gerardo Antoniello

Gerardo Antoniello, 29, was shot and killed by two masked suspects during a home invasion in Queens Wednesday evening, police said. (WPIX-TV)

A late night home invasion Wednesday has left the son of a Queens pizzeria owner dead, after he attempted to defend his father from two robbers, police said.

At about 10 p.m., police arrived at the home of 95-09 North Conduit Avenue and found 29-year-old Gerardo Antoniello shot in the back of his head and his 61-year-old father pistol whipped. Police say the men were victims of an attempted push-in robbery.

The two unidentified masked assailants were able to flee the scene and are described as black males.

PIX News has learned that the home invasion victims are owners of Romeo's Pizzeria on Cross Bay Blvd. and investigators believe the two may have been followed home after closing up the restaurant. Neighbors say the victims are known throughout the neighborhood.

Gerardo Antoniello was transported to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. His father refused medical attention, police said.

"I'm not surprised, because he would do that for his family," friend Frankie Roffomangno told PIX News, when reacting to the reports that Antoniello fought against the robbers to protect his father. "That kid was one of the best people you could ever meet. He would give you his last five dollars in his pocket, if he had to."

Authorities were still searching for the suspects Thursday afternoon.