AN outlaw bikie has been shot in
the chest on the Bolte Bridge, while riding among
traffic in a motorcycle convoy.
The group of bikies came under fire
on the city-bound side of the bridge, shortly before 9pm on
At least one bikie was hurt and was
taken to The Alfred hospital.
Another man is understood to have
presented at Royal Melbourne Hospital a short time later
with shrapnel wounds.
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The Herald Sun understands the man
who was shot is linked to the Bandidos motorcycle gang.
Police closed the city-bound side of the
bridge and swooped on the scene.
Senior Constable Adam West said a vehicle,
possibly a station wagon, passed the group and a number of shots
“One of the riders, a 40-year-old man from
Sunbury, was hit, dropped his bike and slid into a barrier.”
He was taken to hospital suffering non-life
Another rider attended a hospital later in
the evening also with suspected gunshot wounds.
At least two Bandido bikies could be seen
on the Bolte almost two hours after the shooting.
A badly damaged motorcycle could also be
seen along with a yellow Holden Commodore Ute.
Up to a dozen police cars blocked the
Bolte’s southbound lane from Footscray Rd.
Police also established a second crime
scene in the CBD at the corner of Flinders and William streets, and
were inspecting a motorcycle and a black Commodore station wagon.
Several police and unmarked cars blocked
off Williams St near the river bends.
A group of men dressed in hoodies,
including one emblazoned with the Bandidos logo, was being
questioned by police next to the CBD crime scene.
Up to half a dozen bikies were also seen at
the Williamstown Rd on-ramp to the West Gate Bridge in an
Officeworks car park about 10pm.
No arrest had been made in relation to the
incident as of 12am. The Bolte Bridge has since reopened.
The shooting follows
raids on Thursday morning on homes in
Melbourne’s north. Detectives from
the Echo taskforce raided a number of homes, including one of a
Coburg North man who was a Bandidos member.
A Thornbury man, 43, arrested in the raids
had been the victim of a shooting outside the Bandidos clubhouse in
Westin St, Brunswick, in April, in which three men were seriously
That trio were known to police and had
links to the gang, police said at the time.
In the raids on Thursday, officers
allegedly seized a number of weapons and fireworks.
Police later charged a 43-year-old
Thornbury man with possessing and unregistered handgun, possess
ammunition and drug offences.
He was bailed to face Melbourne Magistrates
Court’ on November 27.
A 54-year-old Coburg North man was released
pending further inquiries.
Police media spokeswoman Natalie Savino
said emergency services responded to the Bolte Bridge incident
shortly before 9pm.
“Upon arrival, they located the rider with
non-life threatening injuries consistent to a gunshot wound,” she
“The investigation remains ongoing.”