Man with Mafia ties fatally shot Saturday at Laval hotel

There had been an attempt on Salvatore Scoppa’s life in 2017 in Terrebonne.

Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette

Laval police have reported that a man found shot at a hotel on a Laurentian Autoroute service road on Saturday night has died.

Responding to a call at 10 p.m. Saturday, police found a man they later identified as Salvatore Scoppa, 49, had been shot at least once. He was taken to hospital but was later pronounced dead.

In 2017, the man — who was the brother of Andrea (Andrew) Scoppa, 53, a man alleged to be an influential leader within the Mafia — was shot in Terrebonne.

Police noted that the circumstances surrounding the Saturday-night shooting indicate that this crime could be related to organized crime, so the Sûreté du Québec’s Service des enquêtes sur les crimes contre la personne (SECP) took over the case and will work with Laval police.

The Sûreté’s mobile command post and investigators are on site to meet with several witnesses of the event.