– 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


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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