Comanchero member Giovanni Focarelli shot dead
January 30, 2012
Bikie member shot dead, dad survives attempt on his life
Club president's son shot in stomach and chest
Shooting follows claims club is plagued by infighting
A COMANCHERO bikie gang member has been shot dead and his father and club president has survived a fourth attempt on his life.
Police at the scene confirmed that Giovanni Focarelli's body was in the back seat of a car on Prospect Rd, just outside Adelaide's Prospect Village Shopping Centre.
An SA ambulance spokeswoman said that a man with multiple gunshot wounds had been taken to Royal Adelaide Hospital.
She said he was in stable condition and walking when ambulance crews arrived at the scene.
Police confirmed the man was Giovanni's father Vince who has been the target of three previous assassination attempts.
Ten police vehicles sealed off Prospect Rd within minutes of the first reports about 9pm.
A blue sedan with West Australian registration plates was parked on Prospect Rd outside the shopping centre and Giovanni's body was inside. The cars headlights and hazard lights were on.
A group of people who arrived at the scene at 9.35pm had to be restrained by police from entering the crime scene. One woman had to be tackled by three officers.
Minutes earlier, paramedics had gathered around the rear of the vehicle and they were believed to be checking a body for signs of life.
There were reports that an ambulance had earlier rushed a person to hospital.
Giovanni, in his early 20s, was stabbed in the stomach and chest outside his father's Hindley Street tattoo parlour Ink Central on May 22, 2010.
Vince, who survived a gunman's ambush on December 15 at Munno Para and whose alleged associates engaged in a gunfight at a North Adelaide cafe, broke his silence to counter rumours that the Comanchero Motorcycle Club is plagued by infighting.
In a statement signed by him and released by him earlier this month, he called for privacy.
"Mr Focarelli denies there is any disharmony or in-house fighting within the Comancheros Motorcycle Club," the statement said.
A bikie gang member has been shot dead and his father and club president wounded in Adelaide's north.
Police believe the men were shot at Dry Creek and then drove to nearby Prospect where a police patrol vehicle was stopped near the Prospect Village Shopping Centre about 9pm (CDT) yesterday.
Giovanni Focarelli, 22, was dead by the time ambulance crews arrived while his father, Comanchero club president Vince Focarelli, was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.
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An ambulance spokeswoman told News Ltd Mr Focarelli was in a stable condition and walking when crews arrived.
Part of Prospect Road was cordoned off while police examined the Focarellis' car.
About half an hour after the shooting a group of people arrived and had to be restrained by police from entering the crime scene.
News Ltd said one woman had to be tackled by three officers.
Police later told reporters Mr Focarelli was refusing to help officers investigating his son's death.