Provincial police investigating Laval, Que. murder possibly linked to organized crime

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MONTREAL — Quebec provincial police have taken over the investigation into the murder of a man who found shot dead in Laval, Que. this morning.

Provincial police Sgt. Audrey-Anne Bilodeau says the agency stepped in after local police in the Montreal suburb found evidence suggesting the murder may be linked to street gangs.

Bilodeau says the victim, a man in his 20s, has not yet been officially identified.

Laval police found the man, who was declared dead at the scene, after receiving multiple 911 calls reporting gunshots in a residential neighbourhood.

Laval police said their investigators didn't find any shell casings at the scene or traces of bullet impacts on nearby cars and homes.

Bilodeau say it's too early to tell whether the murder is linked to several other recent shootings in the Montreal area that have also been tied to street gangs.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 17, 2021.

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