Man who might have murdered NIcolo Rizzuto shot dead in Toronto
Convicted Montreal crime boss Nicolo Rizzuto, seen here in a 2008 photo, was killed at home in 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Published Saturday, July 13, 2013 3:08PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, July 13, 2013 3:33PM EDT
Organized crime experts are speculating that the murder of alleged hitman Salvatore “Sam” Calautti, 40, at a stag party in suburban Toronto was revenge for the murder of 86-year-old mob boss Nicolo Rizzuto at his home on Antoine-Berhelet Ave. on November 10, 2010.
Calautti was among 100 people assembled at the party in Vaughn, Ontario when he was shot dead in his BMW at around 1 a.m. Friday.
His friend James Tusek, 35, was also killed in the shooting.
Vito Rizzuto, the current alleged Montreal mafia gang leader, was in prison in Colorado when his father, son, brother-in-law and several other associates were killed, some believe by Ontario-based underworld figures.
Calautti was part of a Calabrian clan, while the Rizzutos are Sicilians. The Rizzutos led a violent overthrown of the ruling Calabrian Violi clan in Montreal between 1976-80.
Calautti was a father of three and ran a pizza shop in Toronto but was also known as a brutal loan collector who was said to be a suspect in several murders.
Nicolo Rizzuto was killed by a sniper who snuck up to his house through a forested area and shot him through double-paned glass with a high-powered rifle, killing him instantly.
Montreal's La Presse newspaper and the Toronto Star have reported that a close associate of Calautti was detained and questioned by Montreal police following Rizzuto's murder.