Reports Suggest Hamilton Crime Boss Critically Injured in Mississauga Shooting
Multiple media reports indicate that a man who was critically injured in an early morning shooting in Mississauga might be a Hamilton-based mafia boss.
According to a recent National Post article, Hamilton mob boss Pasquale 'Pat' Musitano was reportedly shot in Mississauga today.
Shortly after 7:00 a.m. this morning (April 25), Peel police said officers were called to the Hurontario Street and Matheson Boulevard East area to respond to reports of a man suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.
Shortly before 8:00 a.m., Peel paramedics said the victim was being treated and transported to a trauma centre with critical injuries.
Police said a call regarding the incident was received at 7:03 a.m.
Police have not yet confirmed that Musitano was the victim of today's shooting, but police say the victim is still in life-threatening condition.
According to the National Post, Musitano is the presumed boss of a Hamilton crime family originally hailing from Calabria, Italy.
The family has been linked with gambling, extortion, and racketeering.
The Post says that Pat—the son of Dominic Musitano, who died of a heart attack in 1995—has been "stalked by a wave of attacks as a mob war erupted in the Greater Toronto Area."
According to The Post, the enemies of the Musitano family are known to include criminal groups in Buffalo, Montreal and elsewhere.
The Post says Pat and his younger brother Angelo served prison time after being charged in the 1997 Hamilton killing of Mafia don John "Johnny Pops" Papalia. According to the article, he was shot dead outside his vending machine business.
According to the family's vast Wikipedia page, Pat Musitano's vehicle was set on fire in a suspected arson in 2015. Two years later, in May 2017, Angelo Musitano was shot dead in his truck in the driveway of his home in Waterdown.
If Musitano is the victim of today's shooting, it will mark the second time a person associated with a well-known crime organization was shot in Mississauga in 2019.
On March 11, Michael Deabaitua-Schulde, a 32-year-old man from Mississauga and a "well-entrenched" member of the Hells Angels, was shot at a commercial plaza in the area of Dundas Street and Cawthra Road. He died later that day in a trauma centre.
Four people have been charged in connection with Deabaitua-Schulde's murder.
Updates to follow.
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