Reputed gang leader Ducarme Joseph was fatally shot in the Saint-Michel neighbourhood last night.
Joseph, 46, was found in the middle of a street around 10:15 p.m., near the corner of Saint-Michel Boulevard and Michel-Ange Street.
Officers and paramedics responded to the call, and Joseph was declared dead at the scene.
"Upon their arrival they found the body of a man in his 40s, with serious wounds to his upper body. We're talking about gunshot wounds," said Const. Francois Collard with the Montreal Police.
Collard said police have not made any arrests and have no suspects at this time.
Police analyst Stéphane Berthomet told Radio-Canada that more than one criminal organization could have reason to kill Joseph.
"All hypotheses are still open. There is the Mafia, the bikers, and other gangs. The possibilities are vast," said Berthomet.
Leader of Montreal gang: police
Police detectives have said Joseph is the leader of the 67 gang — named after a bus route in Montreal's Saint-Michel district — and affiliated with the Crips gang, also known as the Blues.
Joseph owned a high-end boutique on St-Jacques Street in Old Montreal.
In 2010, two men were killed and two others were injured after gunmen opened fire in the shop.
The shooting was believed to be a retaliation hit, linked to Montreal's criminal underworld.
Joseph wasn't injured in the 2010 shooting and escaped through the back door. His bodyguard, Peter Christopoulos, and store manager, Jean Gaston, were shot and killed in the attack.
Police considered Joseph a suspect in the December 2009 murder of Nick Rizzuto Jr., son of the deceased alleged godfather of the Montreal Mafia, Vito Rizzuto.