Little Italy shooting victim was brother of Montreal gang leader: reports

By News Staff

The man fatally killed in a drive-by shooting in Little Italy Saturday was the brother of a gang leader in Montreal, according to various media reports.

They are identifying the victim as Jean Brandon Célestin, the brother of Jean-Philippe Célestin.

BACKGROUND: 28-year-old man killed in shooting in Montreal’s Little Italy

Montreal police have not officially identified the victim. They say he was known to police.

Authorities received several 911 calls about gunshots at Bellechasse Street and Saint-Denis Street around 12:15 a.m. Saturday.

Police spokesperson Véronique Dubuc says officers arrived to find the 28-year-old man on the ground with gunshot wounds to his upper body.

The officers tried to revive him, but he was soon pronounced dead at the scene.

Police vehicle on the scene of shooting in Little Italy Feb. 17, 2024. (Alan Sukonnik, CityNews)

Dubuc says preliminary information suggests one or more suspects fired at the victim from inside a vehicle before fleeing the scene.

There have been no reported arrests.

The Célestin brothers were reportedly linked to Gregory Woolley, a man who was killed in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, south of Montreal, in November 2023. Woolley was affiliated with the Hells Angels, with ties to the Italian mafia.

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