Deadly Laval shoot­ing ‘could be linked to or­ga­nized crime’

Montreal Gazette - - CITY - PAUL CHERRY pcherry@post­media.com

The Sûreté du Québec is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the death of a young man who was gunned down just be­fore clos­ing time at the car deal­er­ship in Laval where he worked as a sales man­ager for the busi­ness owned by his fam­ily. A spokesper­son for the Laval po­lice said its of­fi­cers were alerted to the shoot­ing at 8:50 p.m. Thurs­day af­ter some­one called 911 to re­port gun­fire at Au­to­mo­bile Vinci Inc., on Lévesque Blvd. W. near the cor­ner of 91st Ave. in the city’s Ste-Dorothée dis­trict. The vic­tim, a 31-year-old man, was un­re­spon­sive when first re­spon­ders ar­rived and he was de­clared dead at the scene, the spokesper­son said, adding it was ap­par­ent the man had been shot at least once. SQ in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­gan ar­riv­ing at the crime scene early Fri­day morn­ing. They could be seen work­ing with Laval po­lice of­fi­cers in the area in front of the car deal­er­ship through­out the morn­ing. The busi­ness is next to a cou­ple of multi-res­i­den­tial build­ings on a stretch of Lévesque Blvd W. that is both res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial. “There are signs that it could be linked to or­ga­nized crime and that is why the Sûreté du Québec was asked (to in­ves­ti­gate),” said SQ spokesper­son Sgt. Joyce Kemp. As of 4 p.m. Fri­day, no ar­rests had been made in the shoot­ing and the SQ was not able to pro­vide a de­scrip­tion of the shooter, or shoot­ers. The vic­tim was iden­ti­fied by the SQ as Alessan­dro Vinci, a Laval res­i­dent who ap­pears to have no crim­i­nal record in Que­bec. Ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports, he was the son of the car deal­er­ship’s owner and was work­ing there when he was killed. Vinci de­scribed him­self, on a LinkedIn page, as a “true closer” who had “ex­pe­ri­enced, learned and man­aged ev­ery de­part­ment there is to know in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try. “(B)ut once I hit the show­room floor that’s when I found out that the sales de­part­ment was re­ally where I wanted to be. Any­body who has time to sit and have an espresso will have time to talk to me about (their) ve­hi­cle and there we go.” The homi­cide is the fifth re­ported in Laval so far this year. At least two of the previous homi­cides are be­lieved to be linked to or­ga­nized crime.

ALLEN McIN­NIS

Po­lice on Fri­day se­cure the area around the site of an overnight mur­der in Laval.

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