MONTREAL — Police are investigating a shooting that took place Friday night in the St-Michel area of Montreal.
Responding to a 911 call, officers and paramedics discovered an unconscious man near the corner of Saint-Michel Boulevard and Michel-Ange Street.
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“Shortly after 10 o’clock yesterday evening, we received a call for a man that was found unconscious on the street,” Montreal police spokesperson Raphael Bergeron told Global News.
“He was suffering from gunshots in the upper body. Paramedics pronounced him dead on the scene.”
Montreal police would not confirm the identity of the victim.
“What I can confirm about the victim at this moment is that he is a man in his forties that is well known to police. That is all the info that we have so far.”
Bergeron did say two suspects were seen leaving the scene after the shooting.
According to numerous reports, the victim was reputed gang leader, 46-year-old Ducarme Joseph.
Police have referred to Joseph as one of the most dangerous street gang members in the city. He is allegedly the leader of the 67 gang, named after a bus route that runs in the Saint-Michel neighbourhood, and linked to the Crips gang, also known as the Blues.
Joseph had survived an attempt on his life four years ago.
The incident took place when Joseph was released on bail following an assault charge. At that time, he was under orders not to communicate with street gang members.
He allegedly had ties to the Reds, a street gang that was trying to make headway into Montreal’s drug trade.
Joseph was also hired by Montreal construction magnate Antonio Magi to collect outstanding loans in 2010.
The shooting was the 18th homicide of the year on the territory of Montreal.
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