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Plateau Mont-Royal |  The residence of the gang leader's parents was the target of the shooting

Plateau Mont-Royal | The residence of the gang leader's parents was the target of the shooting

The parents of Montreal mob boss Jean-Philippe Célestin were shot Saturday evening at a home on the plateau Mont-Royal, after several of his relatives were recently retaliated against, including his younger brother, who was murdered in mid-February.


The Montreal City Police Service (SPVM) notes that after receiving an emergency call around 7:10 p.m., it intervened at the corner of Avenue Henri-Julien and Avenue Laurier.

At the site, police found a “projectile impact” on the door of a residence. However, searches failed to locate victims at the scene or nearby hospitals.

A security perimeter has been set up on Henri-Julien Avenue between Laurier and Boucher Streets while investigators go to the scene to try to clarify the circumstances surrounding the incident.

According to our information, the targeted residence is the home of the parents of Jean-Philippe Celestin, a key player in Montreal drug trafficking in the city of Montreal. The latter was also there when the police arrived on Saturday evening.

Photo by Josie Desmarais, La Presse Archives

Jean-Philippe Celestin left Gregory Woolley's body on display at the Loretto Funeral Complex in Montreal last fall.

The new incident comes less than 48 hours after another man linked to Jean-Philippe Celestin was murdered. Jessy Furtado-Bénard, 32, also known to police; A strip bar in Terrebonne was found dead following a bloody fight Thursday night.

Another 25-year-old man was found in the parking lot with serious injuries.

In mid-February, Celestin's younger brother, Brandon Jean, 28, was murdered after a family event near Bellissas and Saint-Denis streets, not far from where the Saturday evening shooting took place.

Former associate of Gregory Woolley

According to our information, Jean-Philippe Celestin, the former right-hand man of gang leader Gregory Woolley, was seen wearing a Marauders jacket in a Montreal bar this week by the SPVM's Eclipse team, which specializes in monitoring bars and gathering intelligence. organized crime.

Formed in late 2020 or early 2021, the Murders are a school club of the Hells Angels and mainly have ties to the Montreal branch of the Hells Angels, according to court testimony from an expert on bikers from the Sûreté du Québec. Alain Bellow.

Some of their members are said to have carried out a vigil during the funeral of Brandon Jean Celestin, which was celebrated on March 5 at a church in Plateau Mont-Royal.

However, the police still do not officially consider Jean-Philippe Célestin a member of the Marauders.

The Hells Angels haven't had any blacks since they arrived in Quebec in 1977, but there have been a few in their sub-clubs, most notably Gregory Woolley — who was killed last November — a former member of the Montreal rockers, the Hells' late-school club, the Angels, which was very active during the biker wars.

Jean-Philippe Celestin remained Gregory Woolley's right-hand man until he was assassinated on November 17 at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

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