Synopsis by Hal Erickson
In this first episode of a two-part story, a shootout between the police and a motorist leads to the uncovering of a mob hit -- in which both victim and assassin were killed. The crime was the handiwork of the Russian mafia and the only witness is traumatized ten-year-old Billy Woodson (Cameron Bowen). The DA's efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice are thwarted -- and so, tragically, are the efforts to shield Billy's immediate family from harm. Both parts one and two of "Refuge" were broadcast May 25, 1999, as the finale of Law & Order's ninth season.