By David Amoruso for Gangsters Inc.
In the Mafia, people tend to have a long memory. Once you are on a hit list, you never get off. Unless you’re dead. After the murders of Nicolo Rizzuto Sr. and Nicolo Rizzuto Jr. and the death of mob boss Vito Rizzuto, it seems someone still feels there are too many Rizzutos walking around Montreal, Canada. Vito’s son Leonardo was the victim of a drive-by shooting on Wednesday afternoon.
Leonardo Rizzuto (photo above) was driving his black Mercedes on a Laval highway just north of Montreal when a gunman pulled up beside his car as it approached an exit and fired several bullets toward the Mercedes, hitting it in the driver’s side window and the area surrounding it. The car tires were also shot to pieces.
One of the shots hit 53-year-old Rizzuto in the leg.
Despite his injury, he was able to drive his car onto the adjacent Highway 13 and park at a funeral home, of all places. Police arrived at that location soon after.
“We don’t fear for his life”
“At 4:40 p.m., a vehicle was fired upon on Highway 440, near (Highway 13) in Laval. One person was injured. We don’t fear for his life,” Sûreté du Québec, Quebec police, spokesperson Stéphane Tremblay told the media.
Yesterday, police asked anyone who has any information about the shooting, including dash camera footage, to contact investigators by calling 1-800-659-4264.
Rizzuto is a lawyer and seen by many in law enforcement as the new head of the crime family once led by his father Vito, who passed away in 2013. He was arrested in 2015 alongside over 40 others and charged with being part of a criminal organization and drug trafficking. He was acquitted and released from prison in 2018 after wiretap evidence against him was thrown out.
Who exactly came gunning for Leonardo is up for debate. The Rizzuto clan fought its own war to gain control over Montreal. The enemies it made then, did not forget what happened to them. But apart from them: Montreal’s underworld is filled with various Mafia clans, biker clubs, and street gangs. Each one with its own reasons for wanting to remove yet another Rizzuto from the chess board. The list is long. And talking about lists, Leonardo Rizzuto is still on one.
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