Reward offered for help to solve drive-by shootings outside bikie clubhouse

A $250,000 reward is being offered for information on drive-by shootings outside a bikie clubhouse that involved shots fired at an unmarked police car.

Two detective senior constables were incredibly fortunate to avoid physical injury during the shooting in Carrum Downs, south-east Melbourne, on September 27, 2019, Detective Inspector Mark Hatt said.

This incident continues to resonate with them almost three years later, Hatt said.

Police said two shots were fired at a group of people outside the Outlaws Motorcycle Clubhouse on Titan Drive from a dark-coloured SUV that drove past the property at about 7. 45pm. The bullets missed the group and struck the clubhouse, where about 50 people were allegedly partying.

A plain-clothes police unit that was patrolling neighbouring streets in an unmarked car as part of an investigation into rising tensions between bikie gangs responded after two detective senior-constables heard the shots.

When the officers drove past the clubhouse, a couple of minutes after the initial shooting, several shots were fired at the police vehicle by a person likely associated with the bikie club, police said.

Officers saw a man holding what appeared to be a handgun outside the club before they sped off to safety. The officers were unharmed in the shooting.

There was a significant risk of death or serious injury to police and others in the community, Hatt said.

There are a number of businesses around here; it could have been anyone driving down the street that night.

Officers raided the building shortly after the shooting and discovered that someone had allegedly erased security footage of the incident captured by the club’s CCTV cameras.

Police found evidence of a party inside the building but did not uncover any firearms linked to the shooting.

A day later, emergency services found a stolen dark-coloured Audi Q7 SUV alight in Dandenong South at Hallam Valley Road and CCTV footage shows a silver VW Golf in the area before the fire.

Police believed the shooters left the scene in the VW Golf but were unable to charge anyone despite releasing footage of the drive-by and an image of the getaway car in 2020. Investigators suspect the offenders stole the car before the shooting and dumped it elsewhere afterwards.

Police believe the incident was the result of heightened tensions between the Comanchero and Outlaws bikie gangs.

Hatt said officers had spoken to members of both groups on several occasions in the years following the incident, but the members had refused to co-operate.

The outcome of these events could have been a very different story and over the past two years we’ve pursued a number of avenues of inquiry in an effort to identify those responsible, he said.

He said investigators hoped the reward would entice someone to come forward with crucial information.

It is likely that they have spoken about the incident, Hatt said. Circumstances change and someone who may not have wanted to provide information to police previously may now feel ready to do so.

Hatt said police had measures in place to ensure those who came forward with information would be protected.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at .

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