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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Rizzuto family underboss gunned down in Montreal

A member of the Rizzuto crime family was gunned down in a parking lot in Laval Tuesday morning, only months after being released from prison to a halfway house.
Lorenzo Giordano, 52, was taken to a hospital where he died from his injuries, a source confirmed to the Montreal Gazette.
The Sûreté du Québec would not confirm the victim’s identity, but said the man was shot at least once in the parking lot of Laval’s Carrefour Multisports early Tuesday morning. The case was transferred from the Laval police department to the Sûreté du Québec because of it possibly being linked to organized crime, SQ spokesperson Joyce Kemp said.
Giordano was one of six men who acted as leaders in the Montreal Mafia while it was the subject of Project Colisée, a lengthy RCMP-led investigation that left the Mafia’s ranks badly depleted.
RCMP handout
Lorenzo Giordano
The investigation targeted six men who formed a committee that ran the Rizzuto organization after Vito Rizzuto was arrested in 2003, 10 years before dying of natural causes.
Giordano was long considered by police to be one of the younger leaders in the Montreal Mafia and was particularly involved in its bookmaking operation.
He pleaded guilty to gangsterism, conspiracy and possession of the proceeds of crime after being arrested as part of the investigation, and was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2009 — one of the harshest sentences of the six men.
Counting time already spent behind bars, Giordano had 10 years left to serve at that point, but was released with conditions to a halfway house last December.
Police had no suspects as of early Tuesday afternoon.



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