Ducarme Joseph, the presumed target in the gangland-style shooting attack which left two dead and two others wounded at his clothing shop in the historic waterfront business district of Montreal, QC Canada on Thursday afternoon, "was placed under arrest on Friday while Montreal police probed possible Mafia links to the killings" as reported by Sidhartha Banerjee for The Canadian Press:
In a surprise twist, police arrested the fashion boutique's owner, Ducarme Joseph, on suspicion of breaking bail conditions. The bail conditions stem from Joseph's arrest for assault in September 2009. Those conditions included a $50,000 deposit and a host of rules, including one forbidding association with his four co-accused. Joseph, who has pleaded not guilty in the assault case, is due to appear before a judge via video conference on Saturday. His lawyer refused to comment. Lemieux said police had been watching the FlawNego fashion boutique well before the shooting and three of the four men who were shot were known to police. One of the victims was identified as Peter Christopoulos, 27. He was described as Joseph's bodyguard. Joseph slipped out a back door during the shootings.
Joseph reputedly has ties to the Reds or Bloods street gang, and that he may have been targeted by the Mafia which has ruled Montreal's underworld for decades reflects the increasing power of street gangs over the rackets as reported by Catherine Solyom for The Montreal Gazette:
The street gangs are growing up, says Montreal police Inspector Charles Mailloux. "The phenomenon has been evolving since the 1980s. Young people of 14 and 15 years old are now 40. So they're more structured and associated with organized crime. They still hire people to sell drugs on the street, but they're evolving." Some fear the level of violence is evolving with them. Investigative journalist Julien Sher says when gangs like the Bloods in Montreal - also known as the Reds - take over from more established biker gangs and Mafia organizations, it can mean more unpredictable violence.