Toronto-area mob hit likely not the last: source

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/Toronto Sun)

Rob Lamberti, Special to the Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:05 AM ET

It was a precise and planned strike into the heart of Ontario’s Mob underworld.

Outside a café frequented by ‘Ndrangheta members in Woodbridge, in broad daylight, 56-year-old Carmine Verduci was shot in the head and died in the parking lot of the Regina Rd. complex Thursday afternoon.

The city is where many of Ontario’s ‘Ndrangheta members feel safe. It’s their home turf. But the incursion by assassins, who police strongly believe were sent by those who have taken over Vito Rizzuto’s Montreal crime family, is sure to strike fear.

In a world often marked by symbolic maneuvers, the hit on Verduci is a significant move by the Montreal Mob.

It was Montreal’s reminder that Rizzuto’s vendetta — his quest for revenge in the murders of his father, his son and other family members in an attempted coup — didn’t end with the capo’s Dec. 23 death of natural causes.

Police sources say Verduci’s death could signal that the next targets could be higher in stature.


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