Angelo Musitano, notorious Hamilton mobster, killed in shooting

Hamilton police are investigating the fatal shooting of notorious mobster Angelo Musitano.

Homicide unit Det. Sgt. Peter Thom said Tuesday night that officers were called to a Chesapeake Drive house, near Rockhaven Lane, in Waterdown at around 4 p.m.

Thom said after police and paramedics arrived, Musitano was found inside a pick-up truck with multiple gunshot wounds. He later died at hospital. Musitano is the city’s fourth homicide victim of 2017.

Thom said it’s believed the shooting was targeted. He said witnesses reported seeing a man with a heavy build wearing a dark toque, black jacket and beige pants leaving the scene in a dark-coloured, four-door sedan.

Angelo Musitano is the younger brother of Pat Musitano. In 1997, the Musitano brothers were charged with first-degree murder in ordering the death of Hamilton mob boss Johnny “Pops” Papalia. Three years later, they were sentenced to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to commit murder in the shooting death of Niagara crime boss Carmen Barillaro.

The hitman for both murders, Kenneth Murdock, took a plea deal and named the Musitanos as the men who ordered the killings.

The Musitano brothers were released from prison in 2007.

Pat Musitano’s SUV was set on fire in the driveway of his St. Clair Boulevard home in the fall of 2015.

Meanwhile, investigators are looking for surveillance video from the area. Anyone with information is being asked to call police or Crime Stoppers anonymously.

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