Did the gunman who opened fire on upscale, normally tranquil Grandvista Cres. in Vaughan set out to murder Alexander Vucovic, a wealthy Yorkville jeweller, cocaine importer and entertainment district regular? Or was the shooter’s target really Kosto Barjaktarovic, a West Coast high-end car thief, gangster, suspected hit man and police snitch? Whatever the case, the result of the unsolved July 2 homicide was the same, since Vucovic and Barjaktarovic were the same person. Before he moved to the GTA, Vucovic, 37, lived in Vancouver under the name Kosto Barjaktarovic, associating with Indo-Canadian gangsters involved in a bloody feud. Barjaktarovic changed his name to Vucovic after testifying in 1995 against West Coast gangsters in a murder trial. He was briefly in an RCMP witness protection program — even playing hockey for a police-sponsored team — before returning to a life of crime. Someone who might be able to help untangle things for York Regional Police homicide investigators is Michael Costa of Woodbridge, but he is no longer believed to be in Canada. The Star has learned that Costa and Vucovic were romantically involved with the same woman in the GTA for several months. Costa and the woman were frequently seen in the downtown entertainment district, which Vucovic also frequented. York police have called Costa a “person of interest” in the Vucovic slaying. No charges have been laid against him. Meanwhile, Costa’s brother, Toronto police Const. Daniel Costa, 29, of Bolton, remains on paid suspension, accused of lying to York investigators between July 7 and Oct. 17 about his younger brother’s whereabouts. Daniel Costa, who previously had a clean record with police, is charged with perjury and due to return to Newmarket court on Dec. 1. Police have confiscated his passport.
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