UPDATE at 12:21 PM SATURDAY | IT has been revealed one of seven Rebels bikies charged over a gang-related shooting at a shopping centre in Logan was already out on bail for attempted murder over another shooting.
Three of the alleged gang members arrested yesterday over Monday’s shooting at the Logan Hyperdome were formally refused bail in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Saturday morning.
Ali Toufaili, 22, Fabian Nicholas Nemcek, 27, and Faraidon Mansoor, 28, are all alleged members of the Rebels’ Logan-based chapter.
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While none of the three are accused of pulling the trigger on Monday, they have been charged with being a party to the attack.
It was revealed in court on Saturday that Nemcek was already out on bail for attempted murder for another shooting at the time of the Logan incident.
It’s alleged the trio, along with Coltyn Hai Vo, 22, Michael Fetui, 31, Toan Tri Tran, 32, and Lucas James Pain, 30, went to the Logan shopping centre to meet with two other men on Monday.
But police say the meeting soured, at which point it’s alleged one of the Rebels pulled out a high-calibre pistol and shot one of the other men who was allegedly wielding a machete.
The 27-year-old shooting victim was found two days later, being treated for a gunshot wound to his leg at Logan Hospital.
He has since been charged with going armed so as to cause fear and wilful damage after he allegedly removed a GPS tracking ankle bracelet.
Nemcek is also facing additional drugs and weapons charges.
All seven Rebels’ members were arrested on Friday and charged with acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm and affray.
It’s understood they’ll all remain behind bars until the case returns to court on March 4.
Police also arrested alleged Logan Rebels president Joshua Lucey, 32, in Darwin and will apply to have him extradited to Queensland.
SHOPPING CENTRE SHOOTING: Eight members of the Rebels bikie gang have been arrested over a shooting in broad daylight at Hyperdome in Loganholme. But Police are playing down concerns about a turf war.Details: http://bit.ly/2UNYHF4
Posted by Gold Coast Weather & News Together on Thursday, 7 February 2019
FIRST 3:45 PM FRIDAY (By Matt McDonald) | Police are playing down fears of a bikie turf war in south-east Queensland following a shooting in broad daylight at a Loganholme shopping Centre.
Two men had arranged to meet members of the Logan Rebels in the car park of Hyperdome on Monday afternoon before things turned sour.
One of those men, who was armed with a machete, was shot in the leg while a steel grate was smashed through the windscreen of a silver 2005 Mazda Tribute SUV.
A white 2010 Toyota Aurion sedan, which Police allege is linked to the shooting, was later found burnt out in bushland at Chambers Flat.
The shooting victim wasn’t located until two days later when he was found in Logan Hospital being treated for his gunshot wound.
The 27-year-old has since been charged with going armed so as to cause fear and wilful damage, relating the removal of a GPS tracking ankle bracelet.
He’s been remanded in custody and will reappear in court on March 13.
Police executed a number of search warrants on Friday, arresting seven members of the Rebels.
They’re expected to be charged with a range of offences including acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm whilst a participant of a criminal organisation and affray.
The President of the Logan Rebels was arrested in Darwin with Queensland Police to apply for his extradition on Monday.
Operations Commander of the Organised Crime Gangs Group Detective Superintendent Roger Lowe says they won’t put up with this sort of brazen violence.
“This is a serious matter we take any violence in our community very seriously and we will not tolerate it,” Det Supt Lowe said.
“These people don’t represent motorcycle enthusiasts, they don’t represent people that join together just to have fun on a motorcycle and enjoy each others company.”
“Their behaviours and their conduct represent criminal activity of a criminal organisation and we won’t tolerate that behaviour.”
Police say they are still looking into the motive behind the shooting and what the meeting was about.
“These individuals are known to each other and the exact nature of why they were there and what the intent of the violence was and what the animosity was between these individuals is certainly under investigation.”
But Dept Supt Lowe is playing down fears that bikie violence could become widespread again.
“This violence is of a concern to us. It’s not the case where this violence was random or perpetrated against members of the pubic.”
“We don’t believe this is evidence of a turf war or of any inter-gang related war, we believe this violence is between persons who are known each other.”
Police are urging anyone who witnessed the incident or who may have dashcam footage to contact them.
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