Police are looking for three suspects in connection with a Laval fatal shooting tied to organized crime.

The Sûreté du Québec says at least three people were inside a silver Pontiac Montana minivan that was spotted leaving a restaurant parking lot — where 54-year-old Roger Valiquette was gunned down.

Valiquette had known links to the Mafia and organized crime.

He was a business associate of Tonino Callocchia, a construction entrepreneur who was also shot in the parking lot of a Laval restaurant earlier this year but survived.

Callocchia is also believed to have strong ties to Montreal's Italian Mafia.


After reports of gunshots, Laval police found a man lying on the ground in the parking lot of a restaurant. (Radio-Canada)

Police are waiting to speak with other witnesses to Valiquette's shooting.

Police received numerous calls yesterday just before 4 p.m. Wednesday from people reporting gunshots. Police found Valiquette in the parking lot of a St-Hubert restaurant on Dagenais Boulevard, in the district of Fabreville.

Montreal mafia expert André Cédilot, co-author of Mafia Inc.: The Long, Bloody Reign of Canada's Sicilian Clan, told CBC News that Valiquette's homicide is part of a struggle for power in the Montreal Mafia sparked by mob boss Vito Rizzuto's release from prison in 2012.

"[Valiquette's murder] is linked of the reorganization of the Mafia in Montreal," he said. "Vito Rizzuto is back and he's trying to regain power."