‘He has a lot of enemies’: Police reveal a ‘list of names’ in Shane Bowden murder investigation – after the bikie was gunned down in his own driveway amid dangerous turf war
- Shane Bowden killed in driveway of his Gold Coast home at 12.10am on Monday
- Police said there are many potential persons of interest under investigation
- Officers believe it is linked to his recent defection from Mongols to the Finks
Police have a number of potential suspects in the murder of Finks bikie Shane Bowden, who was shot and killed in his own driveway in the middle of the night.
Bowden was gunned down in the driveway of his home at Pimpama, Gold Coast, QLD, about 12.10am on Monday, with police believing it is linked to his recent defection from the Mongols to the Finks.
Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith said police are hoping for a break through in the case over the weekend, and confirmed they are looking at a number of suspects.
‘I don’t want to say where some of those inquiries are because we don’t want the offenders, well, potential persons of interest – the last thing is I don’t want them to have what we know,’ Detective Superintendent Smith told the Gold Coast Bulletin.
Shane Bowden (pictured), 47, was gunned down in the driveway of a home at Pimpama, Gold Coast , QLD, about 12.10am on Monday
Forensic police gather evidence inside the Gold Coast home (pictured) near where Bowden was found dead on Monday
‘We are not limiting ourselves to bikies. We are talking to anyone that might have information or potential information.’
He said while the motive for Bowden’s murder is not yet known police believe it is linked to his outlaw motorcycle life.
‘He has a lot of enemies and it could be one of many things,’ Detective Superintendent Smith said.
Investigations made a public appeal for dash cam footage on Cox or Yawalpah road area, Pimpama, between October 5 and 12.
Police received a call to Bowden’s address at 12.10am after he was shot following a late-night gym session and forensic officers remained at the home throughout the day.
Two burnt-out vehicles were found nearby – one at Beenleigh and one at Ormeau – a short time later.
Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith said police are hoping for a break in the Shane Boden (pictured) murder over the weekend, with claims his death was due to bikie membership
The 47-year-old was gunned down in a hail of bullets moments after pulling his BMW into the driveway of a home on Cox Road at Pimpama, on the Gold Coast, about 12am on Monday
Forensic police dusted for fingerprints on Bowden’s black BMW sedan and collected evidence in paper bags for further examination throughout Monday
Footage from CCTV cameras along the street has also been scoured by police.
Queensland Police Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith said it appeared that Bowden had 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 said.
‘He’s basically driven into his driveway, hasn’t even gotten out of his car and has been executed.
‘It obviously makes things harder when these types of gangs are involved because they have their own code of silence.
‘It’s important that people understand that these gangs are criminals… that survive on retribution, violence and threats and if anyone thinks anything otherwise they’re an idiot.
The 47-year-old’s body was discovered in a car on Cox Road at about 12.10am on Monday
‘Nobody deserves to die in this manner but, you live by the sword, you die by the sword.’
Bowden’s death has sparked fears of a bikie war on the streets of the Gold Coast in a similar fashion to the one that raged in the mid-2000s.
His ex-girlfriend Trudi McPhee – who has been dating Bowden an on-and-off for 30 years – is no stranger to such feuds and has warned of how deadly they can get.
‘It’s pretty cowardly. If he had a gun, which he didn’t because he couldn’t or he’d do five years, he would’ve shot back,’ she said.
‘Of course the cowards knew they couldn’t go up and confront him face-to-face as he was a handy boxer and they wouldn’t have stood a chance.
‘All I know is this war is going to get bigger and women and their children need to be careful, because in this war they don’t care who gets hurt.’
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SHANE BOWDEN:
1972: Shane Bowden is born to 12-year-old parents, seeing him adopted out to a family with older kids straight away
1996: Bowden, now 23, trains hard at the Australian Institute of Sport in the hope of reaching the 1996 Olympics
Notorious bikie Shane Bowden was killed in an execution-style shooting on the Gold Coast in the early hours of Monday morning
Late-1990s: After injury derails his career, Bowden begins to spend more time in the gym and is roped into the bikie world by underworld figures
2006: Bowden is involved in the huge Ballroom Blitz brawl on the Gold Coast and is jailed for six-and-a-half years
2013: After patching over to Mongols OMCG, Bowden is jailed for a violent home invasion alongside glamorous girlfriend
2020 – June: Bowden is released from prison after five years behind bars. He is driven back to Melbourne by his Mongols brothers in a white limousine
Late-June: He is booted from the Mongols and rejoins the Finks
July 1: Bowden is shot in the leg during a drive-by attack
September: Bowden breaches COVID-19 restrictions when he flies into Qld from Victoria. He is charged over the breach
October 12: As he arrives home in his BMW in the early hours of Monday morning he is shot dead in cold blood