Notorious ex-bikie who sparked fears of a coronavirus outbreak after fleeing Melbourne while infected is shot dead ‘execution-style’ on the Gold Coast – as cops reveal he was ‘after revenge’
- Notorious ex-bikie Shane Bowden has been killed in an execution-style shooting
- The 48-year-old’s body was discovered in a car on Cox Road at about 12.10am
- A burnt-out vehicle was later found, a man hunt for the shooter is now underway
- Bowden was believed to be in Queensland for revenge after Melbourne shooting
- The former enforcer was shot in the leg during a drive-by shooting in early July
- Bowden was picked up in a stretch limousine from prison just 15-days earlier
- He served five years in Loddon prison for a violent robbery and home invasion
Notorious ex-bikie Shane Bowden has been killed in an execution-style shooting on the Gold Coast
Notorious ex-bikie Shane Bowden has been killed in an execution-style shooting on the Gold Coast.
The 48-year-old was killed in his driveway on Cox Road on Sunday night, his wife and two small children were home at the time of the shooting.
A burnt-out vehicle was later found by police in Mirambeena Drive. A manhunt is now underway for two men believed to be from either The Mongols or The Finks bikie gangs.
Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith said it seemed as though Bowden has been ambushed.
‘At this point we believe the victim came home from the gym and has driven into his driveway, the assailants have run in and shot him multiple times and consequently now he is deceased,’ he told the Courier Mail.
‘He’s basically driven into his driveway, hasn’t gotten out of his car and has been executed.’
The outlaw motorcycle gang enforcer was released from jail earlier this year after a five-year stint behind bars. He left prison in a white stretch limo.
It is believed he was reasserting his power within the gang upon his release, which has led some to suspect the shooting to be an inside job.
The 48-year-old’s body was discovered in a car on Cox Road at about 12.10am on Monday
Bowden was ambushed in a Melbourne driveway on July 1, just two weeks after making a glitzy exit from Loddon Prison prison after a five-year stint for a violent home invasion
Bowden, who was once part of the Finks ‘terror team’, made headlines earlier this month for breaching coronavirus quarantine by travelling from Victoria to Queensland.
Queensland police believe Bowden fled to the state for revenge after being targeted in a drive-by shooting in Melbourne on July 1, 9news reported.
He travelled from Tullamarine Airport in Melbourne on August 31 but provided false information on his border declaration.
He was diagnosed with coronavirus while in hospital in Melbourne awaiting surgery for the gunshot wounds, but was cleared by Victorian authorities on August 21.
On August 22 he tested positive to a second test but was not infectious.
He was fined $750 for the breach.
Bowden was ambushed in a Melbourne driveway on July 1, just two weeks after making a glitzy exit from Loddon Prison prison after a five-year stint for a violent home invasion.
Bowden, who was once part of the Finks ‘terror team’, made headlines earlier this month for breaching coronavirus quarantine by travelling from Victoria to Queensland
Police are at the scene of the shooting where notorious ex-bikie Shane Bowden was killed
He was met by an entourage of fellow gang members on their motorbikes, who travelled an hour and a half from Mebourne to greet Bowden with the limousine, reported the Herald Sun.
Bowden and then-girlfriend and Hollywood fitness model Aysen Unlu were charged with aggravated assault and robbery after a home invasion in South Yarra in 2015.
During the attack Bowden stormed into the home wearing night vision goggles armed with a hunting knife, demanding cash from the terrified occupants.
He kicked one of the victims in the face and stomped on a man’s head before fleeing with around $700 in cash, reported The Age.
The pair were dressed in all camouflage and hiding behind a tree less than a kilometre from the home when they were arrested by police.
Unlu narrowly avoided prison.
Aysen Unlu (pictured) was sentenced to an 18 month community correction order for the home invasion
Bowden and then-girlfriend and fitness model Aysen Unlu (pictured) were charged with aggravated assault and robbery after a home invasion in South Yarra in 2015
She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to an 18 month community correction order.
The model and celebrity trainer, who once worked with Britney Spears and Beyonce, lost a tooth in the ugly incident.
When she appeared in court, Unlu told the judge she had ‘fell in with the wrong people’ after returning to Melbourne from the United States.
While Bowden was behind bars, he still managed to attract attention after a racey photograph of a prison-guard was found inside his jail cell at Port Phillip Prison in 2017.
The prison stint, isn’t his first time behind bars either, with Bowden having spent seven years in jail after an infamous bikie brawl in Queensland in 2006.
When he was a member of the Finks club he shot Melbourne bikie Christopher Wayne Hudson during a scuffle at the Royal Pines Resort during a kick-boxing tournament.