News Item: Bikers seen at shooting scene
(Category: Biker News)
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Monday 19 June 2006 - 13:07:06

A man in his mid-30s was shot dead and another man was wounded yesterday near a south-side bar, police say.

The dead man is the 10th person slain in Edmonton this year.

Witnesses speculated the shooting may have been biker-related because Hells Angels from Alberta and Saskatchewan were at the scene.

The gang unit is assisting in the homicide investigation.

Police were called to reports of multiple gunshots on 92 Street, south of 34 Avenue, around 1:30 a.m., where they found one man dead on the side of the road.

A second man, believed to be about 30, suffered gunshot wounds.

He underwent surgery in hospital and is expected to survive, said police spokesman Karen Carlson.

Cops suspect the slain man was shot to death, but the medical examiner still has to determine the exact cause of death, she said. An autopsy has not yet been scheduled.

Dennis, who declined to give his last name, was at the Kings Knight Pub, 9221 34 Ave., near the scene of the shooting.

The 23-year-old, who frequents the pub, said Saturday was the first time in a while he's spotted Hells Angels at the bar. He said four bikers were in the pub, while he later saw another six outside.

But a woman who lives nearby said she was at the pub Friday and the bikers "were just everywhere.

"I just saw the patches on their backs," said the woman, who declined to give her name.

Police Insp. Dan Jones said he spotted about 10 bikers outside the pub after the shooting.

Gang or drug connections have not been confirmed, Carlson said.

"But yes, it is early and you never know what kind of information is going to come forward throughout the next couple of days," she said.

Carlson said initial word is that the victims had been at the pub, "but officers are still trying to determine the incident that led up to this shooting."

Police took the names and contact numbers from bar patrons, Dennis said.

"When you walk out of the bar and you hear someone got shot around the corner and you don't know if he was alive or not - it's a little nerve-wracking," he said.

Carlson didn't know whether any weapons had been recovered.

She said detectives don't believe at this point that the shooting is connected to other crimes.

RCMP ballistics experts from Regina are assisting detectives to determine "how many people were involved, or at least how many weapons were involved," Carlson said.

No arrests have been made, she said.

Fears of an Edmonton biker war erupted more than two years ago when Joey Campbell, a probationary member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, and his companion, Robert Simpson, were shot to death Jan. 30, 2004, as they left Saint Pete's Men's Club, at 11125 156 St.

Members of the Bandidos have since been absorbed into the Hells Angels.

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