Deadly GTA shooting has Rizzuto Mafia ties: Sources

The body of a shooting victim is covered by an orange blanket in the parking lot of a cafe on...

The body of a shooting victim is covered by an orange blanket in the parking lot of a cafe on Regina Rd. in Vaughan on April 24, 2014. (Dave Thomas/QMI Agency)

Rob Lamberti and Chris Doucette, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:09 AM ET

TORONTO — Mob boss Vito Rizzuto is dead, but his vendetta apparently lives on.

Carmine Verduci, 56, was gunned down outside a private social club in Vaughan, Ont., just north of Toronto, police said Friday.

Veruci is a suspected Toronto-area 'Ndrangheta clan hitman described as a "bona fide psycho-killer."

It's proof the Vito Rizzuto vendetta continues, sources believe.

"It's not over," a source told QMI Agency. "This is a direct result of Montreal. This is a message to the Calabrians. This is a settling of accounts."

Verduci is known to be a very close associate of Carmelo Bruzzese, the man Canadian authorities say is a leader of the 'Ndrangheta and is being held by immigration authorities as he fights deportation to Italy "on grounds of organized criminality."

Verduci, a Canadian citizen who has homes in Woodbridge, Ont., and Caledon, Ont., was also identified in Italy's Project Crimini as a Canadian link to Calabria.

Verduci was born in Oppido Mamertina in Calabria, was charged with mafia association in the huge anti-Mob investigation in 2011.

In Project Crimini, Italian police picked up wiretaps in 2009 of Verduci speaking with crime family chieftain Giuseppe "The Master" Commisso about who was elected as Capo Crimini, an honorary position who chairs an annual meeting of 'Ndrangheta crime clan leaders.

Verduci was repeatedly shot outside the Regina Cafe around 2 p.m. Thursday.

Sgt. Clint Whitney said two white men are being sought.

One is described as short, with a slim build, wearing black or grey hoody and dark baggy pants. No further details were immediately available on the second suspect.

"It's believed they fled the area in silver or grey Honda Civic, or a vehicle of similar design," Whitney said.


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