At around 2 pm Thursday afternoon 2 gunmen walked into a high clothing store in Old Montreal and started shooting, killing two man and wounding two others.
The body of the victim remained inside Flawengo Fashion at 240 St.Jacques W.
The two wounded were transported to hospital, 1 later died.
A fourth victim, drove himself to the hospital to be treated for wounds.
Witnesses say two masked men fleeing the scene.
The incident created a stir in the city’s financial district, an area also popular with tourists and not far from the city courthouse.
Many midday shoppers were forced to stay inside shops for hours while police made sure it was safe to come out.
Montreal police spokesperson Anie Lemieux says it's still too early to know what the motive behind the shooting.
Police quickly cordoned off the area.
The brazen shooting took place in broad daylight in an area of the city filled with tourists and business people, just a few blocks away from Montreal's courthouse.
The owner of the store is Joseph Ducarme, believed to be a street gang leader associated with the Reds. Ducarme was facing assault charges and is alleged to have intimidated business owners in a bid to exert influence over drug territory.
Ducarme’s name also surfaced in the wake of the shooting of Nicolo Rizutto Jr. in December, son of reputed Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto.
Ducarme is known as an enforcer for Tony Magi, the construction magnate for whom Rizzuto Jr. worked.
Rizzuto Jr. was gunned down in front of Magi’s offices in NDG on Dec. 28 sparking fears of reprisals.