Notorious Canadian Gangster Assassinated In Shower Of Bullets One Year After He Survived Similar Attack And 3 Years After His Brother Was Killed

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A notorious Canadian mobster has been assassinated in a hail of bullets three years after his brother was shot dead - and a year after he survived a similar attack.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Pasquale 'Fat Pat' Musitano, 53, was gunned down at a Burlington, Ontario, parking lot in broad daylight at around 1pm on Friday, while meeting with two associates.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

A grey sedan sped off and Musitano's friends Giuseppe 'Pino' Avignone, 59 and John Clary, 77, gave chase, The National Post reported.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

They were also shot at during the carnage and Clary, Musitano's longtime bodyguard, was wounded and rushed to hospital in a critical condition.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

The newer model four-door saloon - similar in appearance to an Infiniti Q50 - made off successfully and no arrests have been made.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

The boss is presumed to have been conducting business face-to-face with Avignone and Clary because his hulking GMC Yukon had been armour-plated and fitted with inch-thick glass a few months before his brother's murder three years ago.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Angelo Musitano, 39, was shot dead in the driveway of his home in Waterdown in May, 2017, and a few weeks later an attempt was made on Pat.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

And in April last year yet another assassination bid had failed against Pat, despite him being peppered by four bullets in a parking lot, one hitting him in the head.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

'He was a dead man walking,' one Hamilton police officer told the Post.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Pat and his younger brother had been marked men since the deaths of John 'Johnny Pops' Papalia, a made man in Buffalo's Cosa Nostra, and one of his lieutenants Carmen Barillaro, in 1997.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Ken Murdock, the gunman in both murders, was hauled in and cooperated with police, informing detectives that Pat had ordered the hits.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Pat and his brother Angelo were later arrested and, unable to shut Murdock up, agreed to a plea bargain.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

They would admit to conspiracy to murder Barillaro if the charges facing them for Papalia's killing were dropped.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

In 2000, the brothers were jailed for 10 years each for their roles in Papalia's murder.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Upon release from prison in 2007, their grip on power had waned.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

John Ross, a retired Hamilton police sergeant, was tasked with monitoring Pat's parole and met with him as soon as he was freed.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

'I let him know straight up - the likelihood of your survival is certainly limited now. And he knew,' Ross told the Post. 'This end was inevitable, for sure - and Pat knew it.'


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