The John Scotti car dealership in Montreal has been the target of at least one gunshot in recent hours.
Updated at 9:29 a.m.
A projectile impact was located Tuesday around 7:45 p.m. on the building located at 4475 boulevard Métropolitain Est, in the borough of Saint-Léonard.
A perimeter has been erected in front of the building. There were no victims in the event, said the spokesperson for the Service de police de la ville de Montréal (SPVM), Jean-Pierre Brabant.
An investigation has been opened by the police. Investigators will try to determine when the shot was fired, Brabant said.
This is the third time that a business owned by the Scotti family has been targeted by an attack. On August 1, a shot was fired through the window of another car dealership bearing the name of John Scotti.
The dealership was also the target of an arson attack on June 4. Two burning vehicles were found in the parking lot of the business located at the intersection of rue Jarry Est and boulevard Provencher.
Since accelerant had been observed on site, the Montreal Fire Department had transferred the investigation to the SPVM.
We don’t know the backstory of these repeated events which can be likened to a message that we want to convey to the family. John Scotti flew out of Quebec this morning to attend an event. In interview at Montreal Journal, the businessman said he was “devastated” and added that this situation, which he does not understand, is “unbearable”. He said he hoped that the police quickly arrest the perpetrators of these attacks.
In February 2021, the office of one of John Scotti’s sons, Pasquale, was raided by investigators from the National Organized Crime Squad (ENRCO), headed by the Sûreté du Québec.
The sleuths were looking for evidence in a money laundering component of the Percuter investigation which led, among other things, to the arrest last March of Hells Angels Montreal chapter Vincent Boulanger and members of the Seeyomak clan and a group called the Fratrum.
Pasquale Scotti has been charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm and improper storage of a firearm that was allegedly found in his office during the search. The case is still active in court.
With The Canadian Press