Sunday, July 19, 2020

Notorious Canadian gangster assassinated in shower of bullets one year after he survived similar attack and 3 years after his brother was killed

A notorious Canadian mobster has been assassinated in a hail of bullets three years after his brother was shot dead - and a year after he survived a similar attack.

Pasquale 'Fat Pat' Musitano, 53, was gunned down at a Burlington, Ontario, parking lot in broad daylight at around 1pm on Friday, while meeting with two associates.

A grey sedan sped off and Musitano's friends Giuseppe 'Pino' Avignone, 59 and John Clary, 77, gave chase, The National Post reported.

They were also shot at during the carnage and Clary, Musitano's longtime bodyguard, was wounded and rushed to hospital in a critical condition.


The newer model four-door saloon - similar in appearance to an Infiniti Q50 - made off successfully and no arrests have been made.

The boss is presumed to have been conducting business face-to-face with Avignone and Clary because his hulking GMC Yukon had been armour-plated and fitted with inch-thick glass a few months before his brother's murder three years ago.

Angelo Musitano, 39, was shot dead in the driveway of his home in Waterdown in May, 2017, and a few weeks later an attempt was made on Pat.

And in April last year yet another assassination bid had failed against Pat, despite him being peppered by four bullets in a parking lot, one hitting him in the head.

'He was a dead man walking,' one Hamilton police officer told the Post.

Pat and his younger brother had been marked men since the deaths of John 'Johnny Pops' Papalia, a made man in Buffalo's Cosa Nostra, and one of his lieutenants Carmen Barillaro, in 1997.

Ken Murdock, the gunman in both murders, was hauled in and cooperated with police, informing detectives that Pat had ordered the hits.

Pat and his brother Angelo were later arrested and, unable to shut Murdock up, agreed to a plea bargain.

They would admit to conspiracy to murder Barillaro if the charges facing them for Papalia's killing were dropped.

In 2000, the brothers were jailed for 10 years each for their roles in Papalia's murder.

Upon release from prison in 2007, their grip on power had waned.

John Ross, a retired Hamilton police sergeant, was tasked with monitoring Pat's parole and met with him as soon as he was freed.

'I let him know straight up - the likelihood of your survival is certainly limited now. And he knew,' Ross told the Post. 'This end was inevitable, for sure - and Pat knew it.'

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