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HAMILTON — A 50-year-old man shot to death in a southern Ontario city is believed to have had ties to organized crime in the Hamilton area, police said Friday. Det. Sgt.
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HAMILTON — A 50-year-old man shot to death in a southern Ontario city is believed to have had ties to organized crime in the Hamilton area, police said Friday.

Det. Sgt. Peter Thom of the Hamilton police homicide unit said Albert Iavarone was gunned down outside his home late Thursday while his wife and two children were inside.

Thom said Iavarone had no criminal record, but was nonetheless known to police for alleged ties to "traditional organized crime" in the region.

He said it was too early to speculate on whether or not those alleged ties played a role in Iavarone's death, but said police believe the man was targeted.

"Obviously this individual set out to accomplish a task, and that task was to kill Mr. Iavarone," Thom said at a news conference. "He obviously succeeded."

Thom said police have already obtained surveillance footage that shows a male suspect driving up the street where Iavarone lived and parking a silver vehicle. Thom said the suspect then hid in some nearby bushes "for an extended period of time" and allegedly opened fire when Iavarone returned home shortly before 10 p.m.

Thom said Iavarone worked as a real estate agent and was also known for a number of "entrepreneurial adventures," but provided no other details.

He said there has been a spike in activity believed to be related to organized crime extending well beyond the Hamilton area, but said it's not yet known whether Iavarone's death is related.

"If you look back at the past couple of years there's been a number of murders, there's been a number of bombings, arsons throughout the GTA out to as far as Montreal," he said. "It's our belief that there is something going on in the underworld, maybe a power struggle. I'm not sure if this particular case factors into that, but it's certainly something we're alive to."

Thom said police are appealing for witnesses to come forward as they continue their investigation into Iavarone's death.

The Canadian Press




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