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Old Montreal shootings may be mob revenge killings

Old Montreal was paralyzed for hours as investigators searched for clues in Thursday's shootings.
Old Montreal was paralyzed for hours as investigators searched for clues in Thursday's shootings.
Canadian Press

The death toll from Thursday's brazen daylight shooting now stands at two.

At around 2 pm Thursday afternoon 2 gunmen walked into a high-end clothing store in Old Montreal and started shooting; killing two men and wounding two others.

The body of one of the victims remained inside Flawengo Fashion at 240 St.Jacques W  as Old Montreal came to a virtual stand still for hours.

The names of the victims were not released.

One man was confirmed dead at the scene, the second died in hospital, police said.

Police say the two injured men — one of whom went to hospital on his own — are in serious but stable condition.

One of the men was shot in the face.

Police said 911 calls began flooding in just moments after the shooting.

Witnesses say they saw  two masked men, at least one of them  wearing rastafarian-style  wigs fleeing the scene.

One wig was found by police near the scene of the crime.

The shootings paralyzed Old Montreal as dozens of police cars and ambulances invaded the narrow streets.

Montreal police chief Yvan Delorme even paid a visit to the scene of the crime.

The names of the victims were not released. 

Tourists, passers-by and office workers looked on in shock.

Many were not allowed back into their buildings for hours Shoppers were told to not leave the inside of the stores they were shopping in as investigators secured the area and looked for clues.

"There was blood in the lobby," said one man.

"There were about 15 drops of blood in the exterior lobby … as big as quarters."

Crime analysts have been predicting reprisals since the Nick Rizzuto Jr. was gunned down on Dec. 28 in NDG.

No arrests have been made yet in the Rizzuto slaying.

Mafia experts say that killing marks an unprecedented symbolic swipe at the.powerful mob family.

Vito Rizzuto is in a medium-security prison in Colorado serving a 10-year sentence for racketeering,  He is scheduled to be released on Oct. 6, 2012.

 

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