Organized crime figure Gregory Woolley shot dead in Quebec

November 18, 2023

According to CBC/Radio Canada, multiple sources reported that prominent organized crime figure Gregory Woolley was shot dead in a parking lot in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec on Friday morning.

Sources also said that Woolley's wife and child witnessed the shooting around 10:30 a.m. in the location about 40 miles from Montreal.

Police in Quebec confirmed that a 51-year-old man died, but did not immediately release his identity. The man was later confirmed as Woolley, but no arrests have been made in his shooting.

Witnesses to the shooting said they saw a black SUV flee the scene after Woolley was shot, and a burned-out black SUV was later found in Montreal's Pointe-Saint-Charles neighborhood. Police have not yet confirmed that the two were connected.

His criminal history

Woolley was the first Black man to be made a full member of the Hells Angels biker gang and one of only a few ever to do it.

Originally from Haiti, he was a leader of the street gang the Syndicates, who worked for the Hell's Angels, in the 1990s. He then joined the Rockers motorcycle gang, a subsidiary of the Hells Angels.

He was said to be a close confidante of the late Hell's Angels boss, Maurice Boucher before his death.

Woolley was a link between the Hell's Angels and the Mafia, even when he was in jail several times.

According to investigative journalist Julian Sher, Woolley continued to run a massive drug trafficking ring from prison.

Price on his head

Woolley was arrested in the early 2000s and convicted of possessing guns and bulletproof vests.

He was later arrested again and convicted of drug trafficking and conspiracy to murder. He was paroled in 2021.

Police told him there was a price on his head after his release.

"He recently had a lot of warnings: shootings in and around his house, a fire in his house, and unfortunately for him today he got shot and killed," retired Montreal police detective Phillipe Paul said.

"I do believe he was one of the main targets for criminal activities to go down this year in Montreal," Paul said, while Sher predicted a "rocky period" of retaliatory violence ahead in Quebec.

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