Shot bikie: lake combed in clue hunt
Police will search a lake in Melbourne's inner north today as they continue to investigate the shooting of a Bandidos bikie gang enforcer outside a busy shopping centre late last year.
Divers will scour the small lake adjacent to Galada Avenue in Parkville, near Royal Park, for any clues in relation to the shooting of Bandidos serjeant-at-arms Toby Mitchell outside Barkly Square shopping centre on November 28.
The 37-year-old was ambushed and gunned down as he walked to his car outside Doherty's Gym, next door to the Bandidos clubhouse, in Weston Street, Brunswick, on November 28.
The gym is across the street from the busy Barkly Square shopping centre car park, which was full of people when the gunman ambushed Mitchell about 4.30pm.
Mitchell was shot five times in the back and suffered serious, life-threatening injuries.
He was taken to Royal Melbourne Hospital where he spent a significant amount of time in the intensive care unit before stabilising and being transferred to the hospital's recovery unit.
Mitchell then suffered a setback with continuous and uncontrollable bleeding from the liver.
The bikie lost one kidney, had significant damage to his liver and little movement in his right wrist where one of the bullets hit him.
Detective Acting Inspector Shaun Bingham, from the Purana Taskforce, said the suspected getaway vehicle was found near the lake on the day of the shooting.
“What we do know is that a stolen car, believed used by those involved, was found burnt out on Galada Avenue near Oak Street in Parkville late in the evening on the day of the shooting,” Acting Inspector Bingham said.
“This is in close proximity to the lake members of the search and rescue squad will dive today to further search for any evidence relating to our investigation.
“I would also like to appeal to anyone who may have witnessed anything, in Brunswick or in Parkville on the day of the shooting, to come forward.
“There were many people in the area at the time of the incident and six months on, with the passage of time, we urge anyone with information to contact us.”
He urged anyone with information about the shooting, however insignificant they believe it may be, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppers.com.au.