Hamilton mobster Pat Musitano released from hospital after being shot
The 51-year-old was shot multiple times in a Mississauga parking lot April 25
NEWS 01:26 PM by Nicole O'Reilly The Hamilton Spectator
Hamilton mobster Pasquale (Pat) Musitano (left) has been released from hospital after being shot multiple times in an attempt on his life in Mississauga nearly two weeks ago. He’s pictured here in a Spectator file photo with his borther, Angelo. - Hamilton Spectator file photo
Hamilton mobster Pasquale (Pat) Musitano has been released from hospital after being shot multiple times in an attempt on his life in Mississauga nearly two weeks ago.
The 51-year-old was hit as many as four times, including to the head, around 7 a.m. on April 25 outside 120 Matheson Blvd. E., where he had just left a meeting with his lawyer Joseph Irving. The lawyer was acting for Musitano in connection with a paving and construction company allegedly involved in a multimillion-dollar scam.
While Musitano was initially rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries, Peel police said last week the 51-year-old man had improved and was expected to survive.
The Spectator has learned he was released from hospital on Friday, May 3.
Six things to know about the shooting of Hamilton mobster Pat Musitano
In this file photo from Jan. 14, 1998, Pat Musitano, 30, right, leaves Provincial Court with his brother Angelo, 20, behind him| Spectator file photo
Just like when his younger brother Angelo Musitano was gunned down in his Waterdown driveway May 2, 2017 , and when Pat Musitano's own St. Clair Boulevard home was sprayed with bullets weeks later, the family is not co-operating with police.
It remains unclear what Musitano's recovery will look like and whether this shooting will spur more mafia violence amid a resurgence of mob shootings in the Hamilton area. Also unclear is what power he still holds in the criminal underworld and who remains loyal to the traditional organized crime family.
Mob, Murder and the Hamilton Connection
14 Chesapeake Dr., where Angelo Musitano was gunned down May 2, 2017| Spectator file photo
Since the shooting, there have been rumours and speculation swirling about what Musitano was up to in the days before his shooting, and what actually happened in the Mississauga parking lot.
The Spectator has learned through police sources that he was not wearing a bulletproof vest when he was shot (as has been rumoured).
At the shooting scene, Musitano's black GMC Denali was seen parked just outside the door of the law office, with a flat tire and pool of blood beside it. Sources tell the Spectator the vehicle was armoured. The vehicle was towed for forensic examination.
And while Pat Musitano may have been taking more precautions since his brother's murder, he was not in hiding, as some have suggested, including in wiretap conversations recorded as part of the prosecution against Domenico (Dom) Violi and Giuseppe (Joey) Violi. Musitano was living in Hamilton, but whether he will continue to after being shot is not clear.
Here's how a wiretap recorded a conversation talking about getting rid of Pat Musitano
In this photo from Dec. 1, 1998, a Hamilton Wentworth Regional Police special constable opens the back of the paddy wagon for Pasquale (Pat) Musitano | XSpectator file photo
That Pat Musitano was shot was not surprising to mafia watchers, given the ongoing violence and conversations captured on the Violi wiretaps where getting rid of Musitano was said to be impending. Since Angelo Musitano's death, there have been several other mafia-related murders and crimes in Hamilton, including the shooting deaths of Albert Iavarone and Cece Luppino.
Last week, police revealed that a home invasion in April 2018 was actually an attempted murder at the home of mobster Natale Luppino.
All three killed were seen as less powerful men whose murders were, perhaps, meant to send a message to the more commanding criminals in their families.
Angelo Musitano had reportedly found God and was raising a young family. Albert Iavarone was the younger brother of Tony Iavarone. And Cece Luppino, son of mobster Rocco Luppino, had, at least in 2015, rejected being "made."
No one has been charged in the attempt on Pat Musitano's life or in the murders of Iavarone and Luppino. However, three face first degree murder charges in the shooting death of Angelo Musitano and another botched mob hit in Vaughan that saw innocent bystander Mila Barberi killed.
Jabril Abdalla, who is accused of taking part in the sophisticated surveillance leading up to the murders, is the only man behind bars. He's seeking bail.
His co-accused, Michael Cudmore of Hamilton (the alleged gunman) and Daniel Tomassetti of Ancaster, fled to Mexico and are wanted on international warrants.
The attempt on Pat Musitano's life came a day after the funeral for his uncle Tony Musitano, a former Hamilton mobster who said he retired and died of natural causes at 72. The Spectator and other media has reported Pat was not seen at the funeral, however, a police source says it's now believed he was there.
905-526-3199 | @NicoleatTheSpec
905-526-3199 | @NicoleatTheSpec