Hamilton mobster Angelo Musitano was followed in days before being gunned down

Angelo Musitano was being 'stalked' in the days before he was killed: police

Angelo Musitano was being 'stalked' in the days before he was killed: police

Reputed mobster Angelo Musitano was stalked by at least two people in four vehicles before he was gunned down out front of his Waterdown home last spring.

"We believe Mr. Musitano was being followed or placed under surveillance in the days leading up to the shooting whether it was (to determine) what his habits were, and like I said, there's a number of vehicles now that we believe may have been involved in that surveillance".

Lead investigator Det. Sgt. Peter Thom told reporters Thursday that police believe Musitano was under surveillance from April 27 onwards.

Suspect vehicle in the murder of Angelo Musitano in Hamilton.

Those vehicles were either seen in the area of Musitano's home on Chesapeake Drive or were spotted on security footage "interacting" with vehicles that had been staking out Musitano, said Thom.

Police are also searching for a red Chevrolet Malibu, which was seen in the area in the days leading up to the murder and appeared to be watching the home on two separate occasions.

"As soon as he arrived (home) the vehicle left the scene", he said.

A fourth auto, a grey or blue Infiniti sedan, was also seen by a witness 400 metres from Musitano's house interacting with the driver of the Fusion in the days leading to the murder.

The killer was driving the Fusion the day he shot Musitano several times at close range as he sat inside his pickup.

The Fusion was found dumped near Fenton Dr. and Braeheid Ave., less than 500 metres west of the victim's home.

After reviewing "thousands of hours" of video, they are looking for three other vehicles including a black Honda Civic they believe was used by the killer.

"We're going to have a narrow net to start with in the Hamilton and GTHA", he said.

Investigators said the shooting was targeted and that witnesses reported seeing a man with a heavy build wearing a dark toque, black jacket and beige trousers leaving the scene in a dark-coloured, four-door sedan.

He said police notified Musitano's widow of Thursday's news conference "as a courtesy", but otherwise investigators have "had no contact with the family to speak of".

"We are still working on motive", said Thom.

"Traditionally people involved in the mafia don't normally talk to the police", Thom said. "If (Angelo Musitano) was out of that lifestyle then I would expect more cooperation from his family".

Musitano is one of three brothers whose family has ties to organized crime in Steeltown going back three generations to the 1930s.

Pat Musitano, right, and his brother Angelo, behind him, leave a Hamilton court in January 1998.

Pat Musitano's SUV was set ablaze in the driveway of his Hamilton home in 2015.

"There is nothing directly linking (Angelo's murder) to the shooting at Pat's home".

Ken Murdock, the hitman behind the two murders, named names in a plea deal.

"During my formative years and while serving [a prison sentence], I saw firsthand the worst of the human condition - beatings, stabbings and murder - and it began to have a profound effect on me", he wrote.

Police previously released security camera video of the auto investigators say was used as a getaway vehicle in the murder.

"We do need witnesses in this case", said Thom.

The brothers were charged with first-degree murder in the 1997 targeted mafia shooting of Hamilton crime boss Johnny "Pops" Papalia, known as the enforcer, and one of his lieutenants, Niagara Falls mobster Carmen Barillaro.