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Third suspect arrested in ‘brazen’ daylight killing of gang member in Mississauga
Joshua Freeman, CP24.com
Published Monday, March 18, 2019 12:39PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, April 8, 2019 4:04PM EDT
Peel Regional Police say they have arrested a third man wanted in connection with the brazen daylight murder of a 32-year-old man who was gunned down outside a gym in Mississauga a week ago.
Shots rang out at a commercial plaza in the area of Dundas Street and Cawthra Road at around 11:15 a.m. on March 11.
Officers and paramedics responded to the scene to find a man suffering from gunshot wounds.
The victim, who has since been identified as Michael Deabaitua-Schulde of Mississauga, was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.
The suspects fled the scene and a burned-out vehicle was found nearby in the area of Rymal and Tomken roads a short time later.
Police have said that the fatal shooting was targeted and that Deabaitua-Schulde was a member of the Niagara chapter of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang.
Investigators have previously called the murder “brazen” and “reckless.”
“The murder occurred in broad daylight outside a gym located in a busy strip mall… (It) is an example of the reckless disregard for public safety that criminals have,” Peel Regional Police Chief Chris McCord said at a news conference last week.
On March 14, police announced that two suspects from Montreal had been arrested in connection with the killing.
Marckens Vilme, 28, has been charged with first-degree murder, while 24-year-old Brandon Reyes has been charged with accessory after the fact.
The same day, police issued a Canada-wide warrant for a third suspect, 38-year-old Joseph Pallotta of Saint-Leonard, Que. Police said Pallotta was wanted for first-degree murder in connection with Deabaitua-Schulde’s murder.
On Monday, police announced that Pallotta surrendered to authorities yesterday.
Police allege that all three suspects have ties to organized crime, but have not provided an exact motive for the killing.