Mafia clan leader targeted on Laval’s Autoroute 440

Autoroute 440 near Autoroute 13 was the scene last Wednesday afternoon of an assassination attempt against the son of a former Montreal-area Mafia chief.

Leonardo Rizzuto, the youngest son of Vito Rizzuto who led the Montreal Mafia for decades beginning in the 1980s along with his father Nicolo, is reported by Montreal media to have been at the wheel of the Mercedes that was struck by at least six bullets, including some that damaged the tires.

After being hit, according to reports, Rizzuto drove the crippled car along the southbound A-13 service road, coming to a stop near the Yves Légaré funeral complex around two kilometres from where the attack took place.

In November 2015, Leonardo Rizzuto was arrested during a police investigation that revealed the Hells Angels and the Montreal Mafia were working together to control drug trafficking in Montreal.

The Sûreté du Québec described Rizzuto as one of the new heads of the Montreal Mafia, following a period when a number of the members of the Rizzuto organization were taken out of action after they were jailed, assassinated or died of natural causes.

While officers from the Laval Police Dept. were initially on the scene of the attack against Leonardo Rizzuto last Wednesday, the file was passed on to the SQ as they have jusridiction over Autoroute 440.