Tonino Callocchia gunned down in Rivière-des-Prairies bistro

Tonino Callocchia, 53, is dead after being shot in a northwest Montreal bistro on Monday

Callocchia suspected of having ties to the Italian Mafia

Montreal police say the man was shot inside a Henri Bourassa Boulevard bistro. (Radio-Canada)

Tonino Callocchia, 53, is dead after being shot in a northwest Montreal bistro on Monday.

Callocchia is believed to have strong ties with Montreal’s Italian Mafia.

He was a construction entrepreneur, but also had a criminal record for drug trafficking and money laundering.

Montreal police said Callocchia was in the Bisto XO on Henri Bourassa East near Highway 25 when he was shot at around 1 p.m. ET.

Police said two masked men entered the establishment, and were targeting one person.

This is the second attempt on Callocchia’s life in the last two years. He was shot several times outside a restaurant in Laval in 2013.

One of his associates, Roger Valiquette, was gunned down and killed later that year, also in Laval.

The suspects fled, and police continue to investigate.

It's the 24th homicide on Montreal police territory this year.

Emergency crews were called to Bistro XO+ shortly after 1 p.m. (Radio-Canada)

With files from The Canadian Press