Deadly Laval shooting ‘could be linked to organized crime’
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.
Police on Friday secure the area around the site of an overnight murder in Laval.