A full-scale Mafia war has been taking down underworld figures in Montreal, QB Canada over the last few years.
The latest apparent casualty in the ongoing violence is Antonio Pietrantonio a/k/a Tony Suzuki who was severely injured after getting shot outside a restaurant on Tuesday night as reported by Jan Ravensbergen for Postmedia News.
Last October Lorenzo "Larry" Lopresti was whacked who "was believed to have close ties to Antonio Pietrantonio" according to a police source as then reported by Paul Cherry for The Gazette, and Lopresti further "was known to be close to Agostino Cuntrera, an influential figure within the Rizzuto clan who was murdered in St. Léonard in June 2010,"
Last month Salvatore "Sal the Ironworker" Montagna, the former acting boss of the Bonanno crime family, was whacked.
The Bonanno family from NYC has deep long-time ties with the Rizzuto family in Montreal, and reputed boss Vito Rizzuto currently is serving time at the supermax facility in Florence, CO on a 2007 racketeering conviction involving the 1981 New York City murders of three Bonanno capos during an internal power struggle.
One theory put forward to explain the ongoing blood bath is that the Calabrian Mafia is attempting to wrest control from the Sicilian Mafia -- i.e., the Rizzuto clan -- over the Montreal underworld. The police also believe that Montagna was pushing to become the top dog among the Sicilians. To further complicate matters some sources believe that Montagna had allied himself with the Calabrian clans in Ontario and NYC. It's unknown -- at least to the civilian world -- whether Montagna was whacked by the Calabrians or his own paisanos. The Rizzuto clan was closely tied with motorcycle clubs, and outlaw bikers "are among the numerous suspects being eyed" in the Montagna hit.
The Calabrian Mafia or 'Ndrangheta dominates the cocaine trade in Europe, and in recent years further has become entrenched in Australia, Canada and the United States with surprisingly little push back from law enforcement in those countries.
According to police sources Montagna, Pietrantonio and Raynald Desjardins previously "were attempting to reach a consensus on who should act as the next leaders among the Mafia in Montreal" as reported by Paul Cherry for Postmedia News. In 1993, "Pietrantonio and Desjardins were arrested together in an RCMP investigation dubbed Project Jaggy, which uncovered a conspiracy between Mafia members and Hells Angels to smuggle cocaine into Canada," and an attempted hit was made on Desjardins last September.
Vito Rizzuto gets out of the pokey in October 2012.