– A man linked to outlaw bikie gangs and a corrupt police officer has come under fire in a drive-by shooting.
The Doveton home of Mick Mantzaris, who featured on the cover of the book ‘Leadbelly’ standing outside a gangland funeral, was peppered with bullets early on Monday.
It is understood his family were inside but were not hurt.
Last year the ‘Herald Sun’ reported Mr Mantzaris – a bodybuilder with connections to corrupt former police officer Andrew Tait – was savagely clubbed by Comanchero bikies in his driveway. The burly bouncer has been linked to both the Comanchero and Rebels motorcycle gangs.
Mr Mantzaris told the ‘Herald Sun’ he had become the victim of unwanted media attention. “Mr Mantzaris is not cooperating with police at all,” he said yesterday.
But Detective Superintendent Peter De Santo said Mr Mantzaris was cooperating with police over the attack.
“The victim…we believe is an associate of some outlaw motorcycle gang members but not a direct member himself, and we’re pretty confident it was not related to outlaw motorcycle gang activity,” he said.
Mr Mantzaris said he was resilient, but he would not comment on the circumstances of the attack
The attack on the fortress-like home came just days after up to 30 rounds were fired into the Hells Angels’ newest clubhouse.
Police yesterday warned warring motorcycle gangs to call a ceasefire.
Superintendent De Santo said police were aware of talk of retaliatory attacks and warned warring Hells Angels and Bandidos to lay down arms.
“We’re aware of other gangs associated with these clubs and they need to be aware that they are being monitored closely. We will not stand by and watch this happen,” he said.
“We are asking the senior office bearers of those clubs and also the senior members of those clubs to reconsider this and to think carefully. Victoria Police does not want feuding gangs on our streets.
“We do not want innocent bystanders injured by those with a reckless disregard for others’ safety. We will come down heavily on any of those who take matters into their own hands.” – Anthony Dowlsey & Wayne Flower


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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