Rebels bikie boss Nick Martin believed to have been killed by a 'sniper' as manhunt continues
Fears are rising an underworld war is set to explode on Perth’s streets following the public execution of Rebels bikie boss Nick Martin.
Detectives believe he was shot dead by a sniper at Perth Motorplex on Saturday night.
The West Australian revealed a long-range marksman killed Martin as he sat watched the drag races alongside hundreds of others.
Fellow bikie Ricky Chapman, 31, was also injured and a five-year-old boy who was sitting next to them.
Police Commissioner Chris Dawson told reporters on Sunday that the child, who was on an adult’s lap, suffered superficial wounds.
“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.”
The public execution has sparked a nationwide manhunt for the killer.
Police have their suspects but will not reveal who they are yet.
The commissioner said authorities would do everything possible to clamp down on retaliatory bikie attacks in the wake of Martin’s death.
He said police were in “a state of heightened readiness” for further attacks in the wake of the shooting.
“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.”