Bandidos outlaw motorcycle gang denies responsibility for shooting of man, 25, at Robina house
From: The Courier-Mail
November 28, 2011
THE Bandidos bikie gang has denied involvement in the Gold Coast's latest shooting.
Police said the 25-year-old shooting victim was the son of a former Bandidos member.
He was hit in the shoulder from a shotgun blast in the middle of Cedarwood Cres at Robina about 10.15 on Saturday night, while his mother screamed in terror.
The outlaw gang had been linked to the incident, in which a man was shot in the shoulder at Robina on Saturday night in front of his mother, but lawyer Bill Potts said there was "no connection".
"Suggestions in the press that there is to be revenge or retribution is a complete pipedream as far as they're concerned," Mr Potts said today.
Regional Crime Co-ordinator Detective Superintendent Dave Hutchinson said the victim had no criminal record and had not told police of any motive for the shooting.
The 25-year-old underwent more surgery in Gold Coast Hospital today before speaking with detectives.
"The victim himself is not a member of any outlaw motorcycle group," Supt Hutchinson said.
"He has co-operated fully with the police, but as you can imagine his encounter with the gunman was quite hectic.
"He was trying to get away."
While police have not been able to establish a motive, Supt Hutchinson said it was believed the victim was specifically targeted.
"We have no reason to believe this was random in any way," he said.
"We need to speak to the victim again and try to piece together what happened."
The victim's mother witnessed the shooting, while his girlfriend and sister were also home at the time along with his sister's infant son.
The search continues for the gunman, who fled from the quiet Robina street in an unknown car.
The Gold Coast's new police helicopter, employing "night sun" and thermal imaging equipment, spent almost two hours searching for the fugitive on Saturday night, but was unable to find any trace of him.
Neighbouring children were playing in a garage just metres away as three shots were fired in the middle of the narrow street.
As well as hitting the young man, shotgun pellets peppered a parked car and the front wall of a house across the road.
Neighbours yesterday declined to talk at length to
"We're still pretty traumatised," said a resident.
A woman who lived farther down the street did not wish to be named but spoke of hearing shot-like "explosions".
"I had just fallen asleep in front of the television and then I heard them (the shots)," she said. "They were extremely loud and a woman was just screaming her head off.
"I told my sister there was a shoot-out going on in the street and to get away from the windows."
She said the street again fell eerily silent afterwards.
"There was no sound. No car roaring off, or footsteps running down the road, it just went really quiet," she said.
"The woman was still standing in the street saying 'my son's been shot'."
She said violent crime was unheard of in Cedarwood Cres.