Reputed Gambino godfather John Gotti and two of his associates faced charges Tuesday they ordered the shooting of an uncooperative labor leader who was seriously wounded at his union headquarters.

A swarm of 50 police officers grabbed Gotti on Broadway in Little Italy at 5:30 p.m. Monday and arrested him on a grand jury indictment charging him with felony assault and fourth-degree conspiracy.Prosecution sources said the sealed indictment charged Gotti, 40, with ordering the May 7, 1986, shooting of carpenter's union leader John O'Connor by two alleged members of a notorious Irish gang, the Westies.

Two of Gotti's associates, Angelo Ruggiero and Anthony "Tony Lee" Guerrieri, were also arrested on the same charges, authorities said.