Accused bikie shooting planner wants bail

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The attempted murder of former Mongols bike Sam Abdulrahim was amateurish but it's surprising he survived, a court has heard.

Teenager Yasir Al Qassim applied for bail on Tuesday, charged with conspiring with others to plot to kill Mr Abdulrahim, who was on his way home from a burial service.

Of the seven shots fired at the former bikie who was stopped in traffic at Fawkner on June 25, five struck him in the upper body.

Two offenders in a stolen car tried to flee the scene but crashed into a pole. One carjacked another vehicle while the other hid in a bin behind a nearby KFC before fleeing on foot.

Both men fled the country within 48 hours.

It's not alleged that Al Qassim, 18, was one of the two offenders, but that he was involved in coordinating and arranging the killing.

It's alleged Al Qassim drove the offenders to the stolen car used in the shooting and met up with them afterwards.

Police also believe he helped the men flee the country, including helping one access a stolen passport.

While the shooting and aftermath was "somewhat amateurish" there was a great deal of planning, Detective Sergeant Brad Potts said.

"He seems to be the central figure with respect to this," he said.

Police opposed bail, believing Al Qassim is a flight risk and has access to high-powered firearms.

"The fact the intention was the victim was to be killed on this occasion, there may be the likelihood that further attempts will be made on his life," he said.

One of the stolen cars was set on fire after being used, and police say CCTV footage shows Al Qassim buying jerry cans from a hardware store 10 days before the shooting.

His DNA was also found on a cartridge case at the shooting scene and a fuel can found in his car, the court heard.

Det Sgt Potts said he had concerns about Al Qassim being bailed to live with his mother, who has been charged with assisting him in the aftermath.

He said there was a recorded phone conversation in which Al Qassim's mother and brother encouraged him to get rid of clothing and to wipe his phone.

Al Qassim's barrister Adam Chernok said a surety of $70,000 was available and meant if his client fled or offended while on bail, his family would lose their home.

The application is set to continue on Thursday.