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Gunman a suspect in separate shooting

Discussion in 'News & Events' started by Hails, Jun 19, 2007.

  1. Hails

    Hails Well-Known Member

    Gunman a suspect in separate shooting
    June 19, 2007 - 2:10PM

    Wanted... Christopher Wayne Hudson.


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    The gunman being hunted nationally over a fatal triple shooting in Melbourne is a suspect in a separate shooting in the city's north.

    Alleged gunman, Hells Angels member Christopher Wayne Hudson, 29, yesterday shot one man dead and wounded two other people during the morning peak in central Melbourne.

    Police today revealed he was likely to be the same gunman who opened fire on a truck factory in Melbourne's north last Tuesday.

    Several shots were fired from inside a black Mercedes sedan at the Scania truck company's Australian headquarters on the corner of Northbourne Road and the Hume Highway, Campbellfield, shortly before 4.50am.

    The site is several hundred metres away from the Hells Angels' clubhouse in Campbellfield.

    Police on routine patrol heard the shots and saw the car speed off.

    Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon said Hudson was the likely culprit.

    Hunt on for runaway 'gunman'

    Victorian detectives have found a car belonging to the suspect.

    Police swooped on a 2002 black Honda CRV with NSW registration AOH 54W parked in Flinders Lane, four blocks from where the shooting took place.

    Victoria Police spokesman Leigh Wadeson said: "More than likely it'll be towed away for examination."

    Mr Wadeson said the car could have been parked in the 15-minute bay since yesterday but police were not certain.

    Police would look at security footage to gain an accurate picture of when the car was parked.

    "They're going to try and analyse anything they can get their hands on," he said.

    The car was parked less than 200 metres from the Flinders Lane police station and no parking tickets were posted on the vehicle.

    City trader Jim Batsakis said he noticed the black Honda with tinted windows in Flinders Lane yesterday morning.

    "I walked past about 9.30 in the morning and I've got the same car and I went, 'Oh that's like my car' and I remembered the NSW number plate, so it's been there all day," he said.

    The car is cordoned off by police tape and wheelie bins between Swanston and Elizabeth streets, outside a delicatessen.

    One of two cars owned by suspect

    The car is one of two believed to be owned by Hudson.

    Inspector Glen Weir said a passerby noticed the vehicle and contacted police shortly after 8am (AEST) today.

    He said the scene has now been taped off as detectives examined the vehicle.

    "We've located that vehicle and we're hopeful that examination will lead us to some evidence that might indicate where Hudson is," Inspector Weir told Southern Cross Broadcasting.

    Police were now hunting for the other vehicle owned by Hudson - a 2003 black Mercedes sedan with Victorian registration UTA 879, Inspector Weir said.

    "We're very, very keen to locate that vehicle," he said.

    Sydney woman friend of victim

    Brendan Keilar, 43, a solicitor, was killed in front of horrified rush-hour bystanders after he tried to intervene in an altercation between the gunman and a dancer from a nearby club.

    Another shooting victim, Kara Douglas, 24, a former Sydney travel agent and model, is believed to be a friend of the woman involved in the original altercation.

    Ms Douglas, also known as Kaera, is in a serious but stable condition at Royal Melbourne Hospital with family members by her side.

    Police also confirmed they had been in contact with the taxi driver who drove Ms Douglas and Hudson to the scene of the shooting.

    Third victim a Dutch backpacker

    Police have revealed the third person shot by a gunman in Melbourne's central business district yesterday was a Dutch backpacker, aged 25.

    The tourist, who is in hospital fighting for his life with gunshot wounds to the upper body, apparently came on the scene of the shooting by chance, Detective Inspector Stephen Clark told the ABC.

    "He's from overseas, I believe on an extended holiday around the world, so we've contacted his family over in Amsterdam, and they're heading down to Australia," Detective Inspector Clark said.

    Asked whether the man was a backpacker who happened to be walking by the scene at the corner of Flinders Lane and William Street, Mr Clark said: "I believe so, yes."

    A spokesman for the Royal Melbourne hospital said the Dutchman remained in the intensive care unit today.

    "He is in a critical condition and is in intensive care," the spokesman said.

    He said Ms Douglas also remained in hospital.

    "She is in a serious, but stable condition, also in the intensive care unit," he said.

    He said both had undergone surgery yesterday after being transported to the hospital by ambulance following the shooting.

    A spokeswoman for The Netherlands' consulate in Melbourne said no statement would be released today by the consulate or the family of the Dutch tourist.

    The wounded man's name and age have not yet been released.

    AAP

    http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/on-the-run-christopher-hudson/2007/06/19/1182019066290.html