Sources have confirmed to Radio-Canada that the victim is Antonio Pietrantonio, or by his nickname Tony Suzuki.
Pietrantonio served 10 years in prison on drug-related charges in 1994.
He was mentioned several times on wiretap evidence captured during Opération Colisée, a major police crackdown in 2006 that rounded up more than 100 alleged members of the Mafia.
The shooting happened at around 9 p.m. at the entrance of a restaurant on Jarry Street near Chambord Street.
A burned vehicle was found less than a kilometre away a short time later, according to Yanick Ouimet of Montreal police.
“Now, obviously this is usually the signature of certain criminal groups that we know of, but it is still too early to make any links between the two events,” he said Wednesday morning.
“Obviously, investigators will be looking into that today.”
Police did not identify the victim, but said he was known to police and was specifically targeted.
His condition was stable as of Wednesday morning, police said.
Investigators have no suspects.
Pietrantonio’s shooting comes three weeks after Salvatore Montagna, once thought to be the acting boss of the Bonanno crime family, was killed northeast of Montreal.
Police have not laid any charges in that case.