– A wounded Bandido bikie was fighting for his life last night amid revenge fears over his shooting.
A major police manhunt was under way after Toby Mitchell, 37, was shot as horrified mothers and children ran for their lives.
Mitchell, a champion kickboxer, was hit in the stomach outside Doherty’s Gym, next to the bikie gang’s Brunswick clubhouse in Weston Street, and staggered 100m before falling in the Barkly Square shopping centre carpark.
The shooter had moments before climbing from a Ford Territory with stolen number plates before opening fire, spraying at least five rounds from his weapon.
There are fears the shooting of Mitchell – sergeant-at-arms of the gang’s Australian wing – will be avenged.
Sources said the muscle-bound Mitchell might not have been the intended victim and was shot after walking into a feud between two men.
It s believed a gun was drawn on somebody else, possibly a Bandido member, and Mitchell tried to take control. Shots were fired at two people, but all involved fled the scene, including the intended victim.
Investigators will consider whether it is an internal feud gone wrong, violence with another outlaw club or an outsider with a grievance.
The anti-bikie Echo taskforce is involved in the investigation by the armed crime taskforce. “Essentially he is the enforcer for the club,” a source said.
Mitchell has been in a relationship with Tony Mokbel’s former de facto wife, Danielle McGuire. An angry Mokbel contacted Mitchell from Barwon Prison after hearing of their relationship.
Last night about 20 bikies were keeping vigil outside the Royal Melbourne Hospital, where Mitchell was being treated.
He had earlier in the day been seen in Doherty’s Gym.
The strongman – who has the word karma tattooed on his stomach – has been of interest to police for years.
He was an associate of slain gangster Nik Radev before he was killed in 2003. Police that year interviewed Mitchell over the murder of Mark Mallia at Sunshine.
He was never charged and other men were convicted.
Police last night said the charcoal grey 2011 Ford Territory involved in the shooting had number plates WIA-651.
Acting Superintendent Stephen Mutton said it was lucky innocent bystanders were not killed.
A Carlton mother of two was shopping with her children when she heard what she thought was gunfire.
A woman with a blood-smeared singlet was led from the scene by police.
Barkly Square food court attendant Dianne said: “We had women and children on the ground, there were shopping bags everywhere.” – Anthony Dowsley, Wayne Flower & Mark Buttler


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