'Innocent' boy, 8, wounded when Rebels bikie boss was shot dead in Perth


A five-year-old boy was wounded when former Rebels bikie boss Nick Martin was shot dead in front of crowds at a motorsport event in Perth.

Martin, 51, and a 31-year-old man were both shot at the drag racing event at Perth Motorplex in Kwinana Beach about 8.30pm on Saturday.

Both men were taken to hospital, but Martin - who was facing charges over financial misconduct and had lost his role as Rebels president - died.

Police Commissioner Chris Dawson told reporters on Sunday that a boy, who was sitting on an adult’s lap next to the pair, suffered superficial wounds.

A senior Rebels bikie was gunned down in front of innocent bystanders at Perth Motorplex on Saturday night.
A senior Rebels bikie was gunned down in front of innocent bystanders at Perth Motorplex on Saturday night. Credit: 7NEWS

“A (five)-year-old boy, an innocent boy, received a minor wound and was sitting alongside these two men,” he said.

“He’s now at home with his parents, but that’s an example where innocent parties can get caught up in this violent, criminal gang which has resulted in a homicide.”

Police understand the child is not related to either of the men.

‘Violent criminal behaviour’

Dawson said authorities would do everything possible to clamp down on retaliatory bikie attacks after Martin’s death.

The person who committed the shooting has not yet been caught.

“Nick Martin had lost his status within the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang, he was a long-term president and had been shot a number of years before and survived that shooting,” he told reporters.

“We must all be outraged by this violent criminal behaviour.

“Any bikie can guarantee they’re going to get a lot more contact ... they are already under significant police pressure and that pressure will ramp up,” he added.

Nick Martin
Former Rebels bikie boss Nick Martin (left) has been shot dead in the Perth suburb of Kwinana. Credit: AAP

In March 2011, Martin was shot in the arm as he arrived at his Balcatta home on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

A Rock Machine bikie gang member was in 2012 sentenced to more than six years in prison over the shooting.

Anyone who witnessed the incident on Saturday, or who may have seen any suspicious persons or vehicles, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit mobile phone vision here.

- with AAP

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