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Rebels bikie gang president shot in Perth

Updated Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:42pm AEDT

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A senior member of the Rebels motorcycle club has received a gunshot wound to the elbow. (ABC: File photo)

The WA president of the Rebels bikie gang has been injured in a shooting at a home in Perth's north.

It is understood Nick Martin received a non life-threatening gun shot wound to his elbow in suburban Balcatta on Friday night.

He is in a stable condition at Perth's Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital.

It is not known if the incident is related to the continuing tensions between the Rebels and the emerging Rock Machine gang.

Incidents between the two clubs have escalated in recent months, including a firebombing at a Bibra Lake tattoo parlour and a street fight in Fremantle.

 

 

Rebels bikie chief shot

LUKE ELIOT and NICK SAS, The West Australian March 19, 2011, 9:11 am

 

Rebels president Nick Martin.

File image / WA News Enlarge photo

 

 

The WA president of the Rebels bikie gang was shot at outside his Balcatta home overnight.

Nickolas Thomas "Nick" Martin escaped serious injury, with the bullet only grazing his elbow.

WA Police Assistant Commissioner Nicholas Anticich said the shooting was yet another concerning incident involving outlaw motorcycle gangs.

It is understood the firearm used was a small-calibre weapon.

The identity of the shooter is not known.

A police spokeswoman said a 41-year-old man was having surgery today for a gunshot wound to his left elbow.

The injuries are not considered to be serious. Investigations are continuing.

It is not known whether the incident is related to the continuing tensions between the Rebels and the fledgling Rock Machine gang.

Incidents between the Rebels and Rock Machine gangs have escalated in recent months, including a firebombing at a Bibra Lake tattoo parlour and a street fight in North Fremantle.

Police allege the discovery and confiscation of 54 units of Powergel explosives at the Rock Machine’s Myaree clubhouse late last month stopped a "serious criminal incident" from occurring.

In an interview with The West Australian earlier this year, Mr Martin said the rivalry between the two clubs had nothing to do with drugs but was about "honour and integrity".

Late last month, Mr Martin was banned from visiting licensed venues across WA for five years.

It is believed the order was issued as a result of a fight in September outside the Library Nightclub on Lake Street, Northbridge.

 

 

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