Peel police would not confirm the man's identity, but Shahid Malik, a lawyer who shares the office where the shooting took place, said Musitano was there to meet with his lawyer, Joseph Irving.
"I hope Mr. Musitano is OK," Malik told CBC News. "It's very concerning, very upsetting, very unnerving."
Peel police confirm the shooting was originally reported as a man found with life-threatening injuries in an industrial area of Mississauga, who was suffering from gunshot wounds.
Peel police said at a news conference that the victim was shot multiple times outside his vehicle. An SUV parked in front of Malik's office was towed from the scene Thursday morning. Officers would not say why he was there.
Hamilton Mafia boss Pat Musitano in critical condition after being shot in Mississauga: reports
Malik would not say what Musitano and Irving were meeting about, citing "solicitor/client privilege." The person who answered the phone at Irving's office hung up on a reporter. Subsequent calls went to voicemail.
It sounds like it was just a random passerby [who] located this male … suffering from gunshot wounds and contacted police, Const. Sarah Patten said.
Musitano's brother, Angelo, was gunned down in the driveway of his Waterdown, Ont., home on May 2, 2017.
A Hamilton man is facing a murder charge in connection with his death. Two other suspects are wanted on Canada-wide warrants, but police believe they may have fled to Mexico.
Weeks after Angelo Musitano was killed, Pat Musitano's home on St. Clair Boulevard in Hamilton was also shot up.
Neighbours walked their dogs past the home Thursday morning. Multiple security spotlights surround the front porch.
At one point a man in a grey SUV drove up to the house, looked it over then headed for reporters standing on the other side of the street.
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"F–k off," he yelled. "Don't you think they've been through enough? I'm asking you a question, don't you think this family has been through enough?"
Hamilton police have said the surge in mafia-related violence may point to an underworld power struggle.
Musitano's uncle, Tony, died last week of natural causes. His funeral was held just yesterday at Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King in Hamilton.
Antonio Nicaso, a Mafia expert who teaches courses on organized crime at Queen's University, told CBC News he wasn't at all shocked to learn that Musitano had been shot.
"Everybody thought he was a target of retaliation after the murder of his brother and the shooting in front of his house," he said.
It appeared Musitano had been living in Mississauga, Nicaso said. "He was trying to hide. He was moving from one place to another."
The list of people who could want revenge against the Musitanos is likely long. The family is linked to convictions for bombings and extortion in the 1970s, as well as the hit on mobster Domenic Racco in the 1980s, and the murders of Johnny "Pops" Papalia and one of his lieutenants, CarmenBarillaro, in 1997.
The brothers reached a deal and pleaded to conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Barillaro. In turn, the charges against them in connection with Papalia's death were dropped. They were sentenced to 10 years in jail, but got out in 2007, and had made little noise since then — until bullets started flying once more.
The Musitanos were once protected by an alliance with the famed Rizzuto crime family, based out of Montreal.
The 2013 death of reputed Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto created a power vacuum within the organization, and now warring factions have weakened the once mighty Montreal Mafia. That left the Musitanos to fend for themselves.
"There is a very critical balance," Nicaso said. "It's a very unstable condition, like Pandora's Box. Anything can happen.
Other recent mob-related deaths in Hamilton include Cece Luppino, the son of mobster Rocco Luppino, and Albert Iavarone, who police say had connections to organized crime.
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Hamilton mobster Pasquale (Pat) Musitano has \”life threatening\” injuries after being shot multiple times outside his lawyers officer in Mississauga Thursday morning, the latest in a string of mafia shootings in the area.
Pat, the reputed boss of the Hamilton Musitano family, was shot around 7 a.m. outside the office of lawyer Joseph Irving at 120 Matheson Blvd. E, near Whittle Road.
Sources tell the Spectator Pat was hit as many as four times, including to his head, and was in critical condition when he was transported to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.
The shooting comes amid a resurgence in mafia violence in Hamilton and surrounding areas, including Pats younger brother Angelo Musitano — shot in his Waterdown driveway nearly two years ago, on May 2, 2017.
Pats own St. Clair Boulevard home was riddled with bullets weeks later in what experts thought was a warning to the mafia boss.
The timing of this latest shooting — a day after the funeral for Pats uncle, former Hamilton mobster Tony Musitano — and the location are noteworthy, experts say.
\”I think the timing of it is very relevant, people in the underworld know Pat is literally the remnants of the Musitano crime family,\” says Stephen Metelsky, a criminology professor at Mohawk College who spent 21 years with Halton police, including specializing in organized crime.
\”Given all the extenuating circumstances leading up to this, not just his brothers death, but his house being targeted twice, his uncle passing away … I think that just opened up a ripe opportunity to speed up whatever plans were underway to make a power play into Hamilton.\”
Musitano had been to an early morning meeting with his lawyer, Joseph Irving, who practices criminal and civil law, according to Shahid Malik, another lawyer who shares the office.
\”He had the meeting and he left,\” said Malik. \”Mr. Irving walked him to the door and said Bye bye. Ciao ciao. And then something happened in the parking lot.\”
Malik would not say what Musitano and Irving were meeting about, citing \”lawyer/client privilege.\” He also said it is not unusual for Irving to hold early morning meetings.
Malik said Irving did not see or hear what happened. He had gone back to his desk and it was only when his next client phoned to say they couldnt get into the building because police had it cordoned off that Irving learned of the shooting.
A black GMC Denali was parked just outside the door of the law office. The rear, drivers side tire was flat and a large pool of blood was on the asphalt beside it.
Just before noon Thursday, the vehicle was towed from the scene. \”A full forensic examination will be conducted on that vehicle,\” said Const. Akhil Mooken, a Peel Police media officer at the scene.
The shooting site is about 200 feet away from a daycare centre where children were out playing as police covered up the parking lot bloodstain with a paper bag.
Yellow police tape was around two non-descript buildings containing multiple offices, including the Irving office. The parking lot is between the two buildings.
Mooken said the shooting is currently being investigated by divisional detectives and police were in the process of notifying next of kin. He said no other police service is currently involved in the investigation and there \”is no information at this time with regards to suspects.\”
Malik said he knows little of the Musitano crime family, but did recall reading the news about Ang Musitanos murder. Irving called Malik at about 9:30 a.m. and told him of the shooting.
Malik will turn his security video over to police, but said the cameras were not pointed \”in the right spot\” to catch any of the incident. He said police are \”bringing a preservation order\” that will prevent anyone from touching the video until it is seized.
\”Its very unsettling and terrifying,\” Malik said of the shooting. \”And quite brazen in broad daylight.\”
The Musitanos have a long criminal history in Hamilton and were at one time considered one of three Italian mob families vying for control of the territory with the Luppinos and Papalias.
Pat Musitano inherited control of the family business when their father, Dominic Musitano, died in 1995.
Pat and Angs uncle, former mobster Tony Musitano was buried on Wednesday, after a funeral at Cathedral Basilica Christ the King.
The 72-year-old was convicted in a string of Hamilton bombings in 1980s and, while in prison, convicted of helping plot the killing of a Toronto mobster. He had since retired from organized crime, but still commanded respect.
Together, Pat Musitano and Angelo Musitano were accused of taking out notorious mob boss Johnny (Pops) Papalia in 1997, allegedly ordering hit man Kenny Murdock to commit the murder.
The brothers struck a deal and plead guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Niagara crime boss Carmen Barillaro, Papalias lieutenant, who was gunned down at his home.
Pat Musitanos earlier criminal convictions included possession of property obtained by crime over $1,000, for which he received a suspended sentence and probation for two years.
The brothers kept a low profile before Angs murder, with the only Musitano headline happening when Pats SUV was torched in his driveway in September 2015.
Police linked Angelo Musitanos murder to a botched hit in Vaughan two months before. On March 14, 2017 28-year-old Mila Barberi, an innocent bystander, fatally shot inside a vehicle. Her boyfriend, Saverio Serrano, who survived, or his family are believed to have been the intended targets.
Police have identified three people facing charges of first degree murder and attempted murder in those shootings. The only man in custody, Jabril Abdalla, is currently seeking bail.
His co-accused, Michael Graham Cudmore of Hamilton (the alleged gunman) and Daniel Mario Tomassetti of Ancaster, fled to Mexico and are wanted on international warrants.
Other recent mafia-connected murders include the shooting deaths of Albert Iavarone and Cece Luppino.
The shooting does not directly impact any of the ongoing homicide investigations into mafia murders in Hamilton, because Pat and the rest of the Musitano family have consistently not co-operated with police, says Det. Sgt. Peter Thom, of Hamilton police major crime unit. Hes the case manager for investigations into Angs murder, Iavarone and Luppino.
Investigators believe the shootings and murders are part of some sore of \”ongoing feud in the GTHA,\” Thom said.
\”One of our theories is that there is some retaliation going back and forth between the various crime families,\” he said. \”But who is orchestrating and calling the shots that question is up in the air.\”
The investigation into Pat Musitanos shooting is being handled by Peel Regional police, however, Thom said Hamilton police would assist in whatever way possible, including sharing intelligence if requested.