Skip to main content

Vaughan cafe shootings: extension of Russo’s shooting

The recent shooting at a Vaughan cafe was connected to organized crime and illegal gambling and is most likely connected to the shooting of innocent bystander Louise Russo.

Vaughan-Cafe1The implications are scary..

  • An illegal gaming operation was being run out of the back of the Vaughan café where two people were fatally shot and two others were injured two weeks ago, police say.
  • It’s still unclear whether the gambling operation was linked to the murders of Maria Voci, 47, a Vaughan mother-of-three and Christopher DeSimone, 24, of Vaughan, according to police.
  • The two others who were shot at 8:18 a.m. on June 24 at the café in a strip mall at Islington Ave. and Highway 7 have been released from hospital, police said on Wednesday.
  • One of the injured men was Rocco Di Paola, a candidate in last fall’s mayoral election in Toronto.
  • Police earlier said this was a targeted attack.
  • Gaming tables, boxes of playing cards and gaming machines were discovered in the back of the small café, Const. Laura Nicolle of York Regional Police said.
  • No money was seized in the back area and police didn’t have an estimate of the dollar amount of the gaming activity taking place, Nicolle said.
  • The lone suspect in the shooting was captured on security video on the day of the shooting and the day before the attack.
  • The stolen black Nissan Versa that he drove both days has been since recovered.
  • The café was previously known as the Doppio Espresso Bar and sits between a Pizza Pizza and a convenience store.
  • Police have described the suspect as male, black, about 6-feet tall, and muscular. He is considered armed and dangerous.
  • It’s the latest crime in a series that may be connected to illegal gambling in York Region.
  • In February 2013, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit busted a Super Bowl party at a Markham banquet hall and scooped up $2.5-million in cash.
  • Police said the operation was run by a company called Platinum SB, which was run through an offshore web server.
  • Among those charged was London, Ont. Hells Angel Billy Miller.
  • Innocent bystander Louise Russo was paralyzed in 2004 when she was caught by a stray bullet at the California Sandwich Shop in Downsview, as mobsters and a Hells Angel attempted to punish a mobster who owed gambling debts.
  • The intended target, Michele Modica, lived in the GTA under the names of “Carlo Martoni” and “Antonio Reta.”
  • He was arrested in July 2008 near Palermo, Sicily and charged with plotting an underworld murder.

Sources / More info: tts-vaughan

Post a Comment

Popular Articles

Shooting in Downsview at Keele and Wilson

Yet another shooting, luckily no death, this time at Keele and Keelegate.

Toronto parks are no place for foragers, city warns residents

Not long ago we learned from a long-time forager about his adventure through Toronto's parks. Here's a warning.

Boxelder Shooting

In some themed Thanksgiving news, a shooting results in no victims and native bugs invade.

Subscribe Now!

Subscribe in a reader, or by email:
Your email: