Alleged head of the Bo-Gars street gang Chenier Dupuis is seen in this undated handout photo.
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QMI Agency learned that Chenier Dupuis, 37, who was recently released from prison where he was serving time for drug offences, was shot as he was sitting in a parked car with another man in the parking lot of an east-end shopping centre Friday evening.
Police believe Dupuis is the head of the Bo-Gars street gang, whose members reportedly claim allegiance to the well-known Bloods street gang that started in the US.
Hours later, Lamartine Paul Severe, who sources told QMI Agency was also a Bo-Gars member, was shot and killed outside his home just north of Montreal.
Severe was the cousin of Ducarme Joseph, another known gang member who survived an assassination attempt in a store in Old Montreal in 2010.
Police raided Dupuis' home in 2008 and found 900 crack rocks, 361 grams of cocaine and two kilograms of marijuana and hash.
Maria Mourani, a criminologist and federal MP for the Bloc Quebecois who represents a north-end Montreal riding, said that Montrealers can expect more killings in response to the weekend's assassinations.
"Either what happened was a power struggle inside the Bo-Gars or it's an attack by their adversaries," she said.
She said the Bo-Gars are part of a larger umbrella group of gangs known as the "the Reds," that ally themselves against another group of gangs known as "the Blues."