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Two men were killed in the shooting Thursday in a clothing store on Saint-Jacques Street West. (CBC)

A brazen fatal shooting in an Old Montreal clothing store Thursday afternoon could be a response to the recent slaying of the son of the reputed head of the Montreal mafia, police sources said.

Two men are dead and two others wounded after the shooting at Flawnego Fashion at 240 Saint-Jacques St. W., near Saint-François-Xavier Street, around 1:45 p.m., said Const. Olivier Lapointe.

Witnesses described two men fleeing the scene with white bandanas covering their faces. At least one man was said to be wearing a Rastafarian-style dreadlocked wig, which was later found near the scene.

Joseph Ducarme, the owner of the boutique, is suspected of being linked to street gangs.

The incident created a stir in the city’s financial district, an area also popular with tourists and not far from the city courthouse.

The names of the victims were not released. One man was confirmed dead in the boutique, while a second died on the way to hospital.

The condition of the two injured men was not known — but one of the men showed up at a hospital on his own, Lapointe said.

Police said they received a rash of 911 calls with reports of the shooting.

A businessman said he and a colleague saw a trail of blood inside the building before police told them to leave. Robert Bilodeau said the floor was dotted with several thumb-sized blood drops. He said he did not hear any gunshots.

The deaths are the fifth and sixth homicides so far this year in Montreal, police said