A former Hells Angels contender became Wednesday in Brossard the most recent victim of the official purge that has hit organized crime since the beginning of the year.
Roger Bishop was shot dead in the World Gym parking lot where he had just been training on Taschereau Boulevard late in the morning.
The 49-year-old man, described as a "regular" in this gym by fellow coaches, was shot in the head as he prepared to board his Cadillac Escalade vehicle at around 11:30
Photo Antoine Lacroix
Roger Bishop had just been training in a gymnasium on Taschereau Boulevard and was getting ready to board his Cadillac Escalade black SUV when he was shot in Brossard on Wednesday.
Signature of bikers
Photo QMI Agency, Maxime Deland
Police and investigators looked closely at this Audi black vehicle that was partially set on fire and abandoned near the Samuel-De Champlain Bridge in Brossard shortly after the murder of Roger Bishop.
A luxury Audi brand SUV was later found burned, not far from the Samuel-De Champlain Bridge.
There is every reason to believe that the suspects used it to flee the scene of the murder and then set it on fire to remove evidence that might incriminate them.
This way of doing things was the trademark of the Hells during the biker war that killed more than 160 people in Quebec between 1994 and 2002.
The assumption that the settlement of Wednesday's account was ordered by the bikers is studied by the Sûreté du Québec, in charge of the investigation.
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The gunman shot Roger Bishop next to his black Cadillac vehicle (1) before fleeing from behind the parking lot at the World Gym shopping center, witnesses told Newspaper.
Also, a black Audi was found burned shortly after this murder, about 800 meters further in a residential area, on rue Thierry (2).
The police have not confirmed the link between the two events, but this modus operandi bears in all respects the signature of the criminal bikers.
In fact, a pedestrian path was right next to the vehicle, most likely to get to a second car to leave the area.
Bishop, who worked as a longshoreman at the Port of Montreal, has already climbed almost all the hierarchical levels of the Hells organization.
In 2016, this close South chapter based on the South Shore had even been named "prospect", the rank of aspiring member.
For obscure reasons, he then failed to obtain his band member patents in good standing and was deprived of any official status within the Hells.
Suspected of soaking in drug trafficking, this tall, tattoo-eyed fellow was best known to the courts for his four convictions for uttering threats and two others for assault.
On October 17, the trafficker Gaétan Sévigny, another former Hells ally, was shot dead near his home in Terrebonne.
– With the collaboration of Antoine Lacroix and Maxime Deland, Agence QMI
♦ According to a compilation of Newspaperit's already 17e murder bearing the signature of organized crime from January to October 2019 in the only regions of Montreal, the North Shore and the Montérégie. This is more than the assessment of the years 2016 and 2017 in all of Quebec.
DANGEROUS, THE GYMS …
In addition to the murder Wednesday at the World Gym in Brossard, training centers seem to be a favorite place for members of organized crime to settle their accounts.
During the last years, The newspaper has compiled several assaults to occur in front of a gym.
The most recent listing came a little over a week ago, when mafioso Andrew Scoppa was training at the Fusion X gym in Pierrefonds.
This assassination has many similarities with that of Lorenzo Giordano, a strong man of the Rizzuto clan killed in broad daylight in the parking lot of Carrefour Multisports in Laval where he was training, on 1st March 2016.
In the same city, the usurious lender linked to the Irish underworld John McKenzie was shot and wounded in June 2018 while leaving the Extreme Evolution gym, located near Highway 440.
Three Montrealers face charges of premeditated murder for using the same technique last March and killing a member of the Niagara Chapter Hells Angels, Michael Deabaitua-Schulde, after leaving a training center.