Ducarme Joseph held in Montreal deadly shooting


Montreal shop owner held in deadly shooting
Last Updated: Saturday, March 20, 2010 | 8:52 PM ET
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Police examine the scene at a clothing store in Old Montreal where four people were shot on March 18. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

The owner of a clothing boutique in Old Montreal where two men were killed and two others wounded appeared briefly in court Saturday via video link.

Ducarme Joseph, 41, was remanded in custody until Monday for a bail hearing.

He was arrested Friday for violating his bail conditions related to an assault charge. He is alleged to have intimidated business owners in a bid to exert influence over drug territory.

Joseph was picked up less than a day after four men were shot in broad daylight at his St-Jacques Street clothing shop.
Ducarme Joseph is scheduled to be arraigned Saturday for allegedly violating bail conditions. (CBC)

Police have speculated that the professionally executed slaying was an act of retaliation connected to the criminal underworld.

Masked shooters opened fire in the upscale clothing shop just after lunch hour. The victims range from 27 to 59 years of age, and three of them are known to police, including the youngest victim, identified as Joseph’s bodyguard.

Investigators believe Joseph was the intended target of the attack. There are reports he slipped out the back door of the Flawnego boutique during the shooting.

Authorities have been searching for two suspects seen fleeing the scene of the shooting in the city’s historic waterfront business district.

According to court documents filed by police, Joseph is a reputed street gang leader and also acted as an enforcer for a Montreal real estate developer.

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