CURBING GUN VIOLENCE: Taking a look back at the California Sandwiches shooting & its ripple effects

“I just walked in and they opened fire. Bullets shattered the glass.”ย 

Louise Russo 

It was just a regular day on April 21st, 2004. A mother of three parked her car and walked into a local sandwich shop. She would never walk again. Louise Russo, the innocent bystander, had been caught in the middle of a botched underworld hit involving the mafia and the Hells Angels. 

Story by Stephen G. Metelsky

Pictured: Louise Russo with lead Toronto Police detectives Bryan Bott and Hunter Smith (photo: courtesy of Louise Russo) 

My exclusive story and interviews with Louise Russo and the two lead detectives who worked the California Sandwiches Shooting case appeared in the December 2018 issue of Canada’s Blue Line magazine. 

Link to the article “CURBING GUN VIOLENCE”: https://www.blueline.ca/news-stories/features/curbing-gun-violence-6015

 

About the Author:

Stephen G. Metelsky, M.A. is a freelance crime writer/journalist, criminologist, organized crime expert (CBC, Hamilton Spectator, Niagara Falls Review, St. Catharines Standard, Global News, AM 680, 980 News, 900 CHML, Newstalk 1010 & Blue Line magazine) & college professor, with over 20 years as a police (ret.) sergeant. 

Stephen is a contributing columnist with Blue Line magazine and has covered true crime stories for various newspapers affiliated with Metroland Media Group & Postmedia Network Inc. 

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Email: StephenGMetelsky@outlook.com 

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