Two murders in 30 minutes in Montreal

Two men were shot and killed in broad daylight on Tuesday in two crowded places in Montreal, 30 minutes apart. A dizzying sequence rarely seen, despite the wave of armed violence that continues to hit the metropolis.


Police question the witnesses who witnessed the murder of Maxime Lenoir at the Rockland shopping center.

Photo QMI Agency, Thierry Laforce

Police question the witnesses who witnessed the murder of Maxime Lenoir at the Rockland shopping center.

“It is extremely worrying and rare to see this. Especially when we are talking about a shooting at noon in a shopping center crowded with people who are going to eat and shop before the start of the school year, “said André Durocher, retired inspector from the City’s police department. of Montreal (SPVM).

He is referring here to the first shooting that took place around 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Rockland Shopping Center in the Town of Mount Royal.

The man was reportedly hit by several projectiles as he walked through the busy parking lot.

The second shooting took place 30 minutes later at the Napoli pizzeria, rue Saint-Denis, hitting a customer on the terrace.

Police authorities were trying to elucidate the motives for the murders on Tuesday evening, and to find out whether or not there is a link between them. The suspect or suspects were still off at press time.

Related to the Hells

According to our information, the first victim is Maxime Lenoir, 44 years old. As early as 2014, Lenoir would have started to be seen with members of the Hells Angels.

In a judgment of the Superior Court last February, we also learn that the forty-something is considered “a narcotics importer” and that he is “a close friend of Salvatore Cazzetta”, a member of the Hells Angels. However, he has no criminal record.


Investigators were still at the scene Tuesday night where a man was shot and killed on Saint-Denis Street.

Photo QMI Agency, Thierry Laforce

Investigators were still at the scene Tuesday night where a man was shot and killed on Saint-Denis Street.

“We can confirm that the individual shot dead at the Rockland Center is known to the police community,” was content to confirm for his part Gabriella Youakim, spokesperson for the SPVM.

The second murder victim is a 50-year-old man who was shot in the upper body. According to our information, it is Diego Fiorita.


Diego Fiorita in front of the restaurant where he was murdered on Tuesday afternoon.

Photo taken from Facebook, Diego Fiorita

Diego Fiorita in front of the restaurant where he was murdered on Tuesday afternoon.

“He’s a regular customer. He is quiet, he eats and works on his computer. […] I saw him on the ground and I said: “Ah! That’s the gunshots I heard back. At first, I didn’t recognize the noise,” said the owner of Pizzeria Napoli, Vincent Montouri, 90.

Mr. Fiorita was shot on the terrace of the establishment and his death was then declared in the hospital.

Filmed before his death

Disturbingly, the 50-year-old had filmed himself live on Facebook a few hours before his death.

“Good day to all. We start with the morning coffee, it feels good. I love life “, had launched in this sequence Diego Fiorita.


Photo QMI Agency, Thierry Laforce

At the time of his death, the man was facing criminal charges filed against him in 2021 for uttering threats and making harassing communications, in a marital context, according to court documents seen by Le Journal.


The two murders at the Rockland Center and at the restaurant on rue Saint-Denis greatly disturbed the many customers who attended these crime scenes on Tuesday.

Citizens interviewed by TVA Nouvelles said they were afraid and no longer recognized Montreal.

“We heard three shots and then when we came out we saw the guy [suspect] to run. Everyone was freaked out, especially the restaurant workers because they knew the customer,” said Magda Borges, 31, who was eating at another restaurant near Pizzeria Napoli on Tuesday.

No stray bullets

For Stéphane Wall, a retired supervisor with the Montreal police, it is surprising that there were not more injuries during these two shootings.

“Behind the potential victim, in these places, there are families in the background. A stray bullet has happened before. In cases like these, there is stress and you can miss your target easily. […] Two daytime shootings in the same day, I’m not sure I’ve seen that before,” Wall said.


Photo QMI Agency, Thierry Laforce

The two shootings on Tuesday are part of a context where gun violence has wreaked havoc in the metropolis since the beginning of the summer, while the dead and injured continue to accumulate.

– With Antoine Lacroix

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