Outlaw bikie shot on Bolte Bridge
The group of bikies came under fire on the city-bound side of the bridge, shortly before 9pm on Friday.
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 were fired.
“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 threatening injuries.
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 injured.
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 said.
“The investigation remains ongoing.”