THE target of a brazen
drive-by shooting has been identified as a man with links to outlaw
Mick Mantzaris - a body builder with
connections to corrupt former police officer Andrew Tait - has links to
the Comancheros and Rebels bikie gangs.
Mr Mantzaris’s home was blasted in the
drive-by shooting in Doveton in the early hours of this morning.
His house is fortified with a large
wall with spikes, gate and window shutters and is fitted with security
Mr Mantzaris refused to comment on the shooting.
Last year the Herald Sun
reported Mr Mantzaris was clubbed by members of the Comancheros in his
Police are investigating if the
shooting this morning is linked to bikies, after up to to 30 rounds were
fired into the Hells Angels' newest Melbourne clubhouse on Friday.
A number of people were home when
several rounds were blasted into the Doveton property.
No one was injured in the midnight
shooting at the property in Conferta Crescent.
The offenders are believed to have
fled in a small vehicle.
Meanwhile in a feared escalation of an
emerging bikie war, a machine gun or semi-automatic weapon was used in
the attack on the Angels' Nomads chapter in Seaford some time before
2.30am on Friday, just months after the clubhouse was established.
Police are investigating if anyone was
inside the clubhouse, but it is believed no one was injured.
It is a sign tensions remain high
between outlaw bikie gangs after the Bandidos were ambushed by Hells
Angels in Melton on March 1, wounding national office bearer Toby
Mitchell and another member.
A call was made to triple 0 but no
official complaint was made to police by the Hells Angels about the
Victoria Police is investigating the
pre-dawn shooting and has involved its anti-bikie Echo Taskforce.
"Police are investigating after a
number of shots were fired towards an OMCG (outlaw motorcycle gang)
clubhouse," Victoria Police spokeswoman Melissa Seach said.
The Bandidos declared "war" on the
Hells Angels days after their members were ambushed, forcing Victoria
Police to establish Operation Resound.
An attempt to avenge the ambush, which
occurred outside Bandidos feeder club the Diablos' chapter, was thwarted
after an armed bikie allegedly stalked a Hells Angel in Melbourne's
north, who is believed to have been central to the Melton incident.
One Angels member is also being
investigated over a corrupt association with a police officer.
The opening of the Seaford chapter is
part of a massive expansion of all major outlaw clubs.
The Angels set up a feeder club - the
Red Devils - near Frankston over summer, with a gangland figure
identified as a prospective member of the club.
It later opened a Nomads clubhouse in
There have been issues with club
members intimidating patrons at a pub, forcing them to vacate a beer
The Mornington Peninsula has
previously been free of bikie clubs, although the Outlaws have long had
a chapter in Hastings, on Westernport Bay.
The Bandidos have opened up chapters
in Melton and Dandenong, which are now both hotbeds for outlaw clubs.
Outlaw motorcycle club the Comancheros
have a chapter in Hallam, while the nation's largest club, the Rebels,
is also nearby.
The Outlaws, Immortals and Coffin
Cheaters are part of the growing number of gangs in Melbourne's east.