Serial gangland lover stands Danielle McGuire by her shot bikie
From: Sunday Herald Sun
December 04, 2011
SERIAL gangland lover Danielle McGuire has been keeping vigil at the hospital bedside of shot bikie enforcer Toby Mitchell as claims have emerged he was shot in revenge for breaking the arms of a local drug dealer.
Bandidos members believe the shocking daylight attack on their feared sergeant-in-arms was a result of an escalating row between the outlaw motorcycle gang and a Footscray-based criminal.
It is alleged Mitchell inflicted the brutal attack on the dealer after learning a month ago he had strayed on to his patch and was undercutting to his clients.
Mitchell, 37, was chased and shot three times at Barkly Square in Brunswick on Monday, with bullets narrowly missing young children.
The champion kickboxer is in a serious but stable condition at Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Mitchell and all the Bandidos are refusing to co-operate with police, but a gang member said they were confident the drug dealer organised the shooting.
Police have warned the Bandidos against retaliatory action. The shooting of Mitchell is being investigated by the Armed Offenders Squad, a taskforce into non-fatal shootings.
Danielle McGuire, 39, has been a constant figure at the hospital, surrounded by several Bandidos members.
The former de facto wife of Tony Mokbel and former David Jones department store detective, visibly distressed, refused to comment when approached by the Sunday Herald Sun.
One bikie, wearing a T-shirt that read "A good snitch is a dead snitch", said: "No one is saying anything to anyone, so you're wasting your time."
Detectives from the Purana Taskforce, investigating Melbourne's gangland killings, are thought to have interviewed Roberta Williams' partner, Rob Carpenter, this week.
It is alleged Carpenter was the victim of a bashing inflicted by the Bandidos about six months ago and that he may have orchestrated the shooting as revenge.
However, it is believed that is no longer a main line of inquiry.
Forensic teams are still examining a burnt-out Ford Territory, believed to have been used in the shooting, which was found in Parkville late on Monday.