An alleged Montreal mafioso was seemingly the target of a failed mafia hit as the bloody Montreal mafia war continues to drag on.
According to the report, Marco Pizzi was followed by masked and armed hitmen in a stolen car that collided with him at an intersection in Montreal in an attempt to get Pizzi out of his car. As he exited his car the hitmen drew their weapons but Pizzi was able to flee on foot escaping without any shots being fired. The masked suspects also fled leaving police with only a minimal description. A SPVM spokesperson said, “All we can say is that we investigate an attempted murder in which the victim is known to police.” According to police Pizzi is a suspected cocaine importer with ties to the Rizzuto crime family.
Pizzi was arrested in May along with other members of the Montreal mafia as part of extensive drug operation by the RCMP that targeted members of the mafia. He was accused of gangsterism, cocaine importation, and conspiracy to traffick cocaine but was released on parole pending further proceedings. Also arrested among others was co-defendant Liborio “Pancho” Cuntrera the son of now deceased Rizzuto family leader Agostino Cuntrera. Pancho Cuntrera was considered to be part of the Montreal mafia leadership table that took control of the Rizzuto family after the death of Vito Rizzuto. Pizze had close ties to Montreal mobster Tonino Callocchia a Rizzuto family ally who was murdered back in 2014 according to authorities.
The leadership table is no longer believed to be in control after the arrests of alleged mob bosses Leonardo Rizzuto and Stefano Sollecito and the murders of influential leaders Lorenzo Giordano in March and Rocco Sollecito in May. The old guard of the Rizzuto family and those close to it are seemingly being pushed out by a new faction of mobsters. According to sources in recent weeks individuals with ties to the mob were notified that contracts had been put on their heads. The remaining hit list is a clear sign that the mafia war against the Rizzuto’s is not yet at an end. It is unclear if Pizzi was one of those notified.
What’s left of the old guard of the Rizzuto clan seem to be on their last leg although it remains a mystery as to who exactly are behind these attacks and may be next in line to take control of the mafia in Montreal.