Gold Coast bikie dies in 'execution-style' driveway shooting

Louise Cheer
·News Editor
·3-min read

A search is underway for two people after the ‘execution-style’ shooting of a man on the Gold Coast overnight.

Queensland Police’s Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith told reporters on Monday morning the man was arriving home at Cox Road in Pimpama from the gym about 12.10am when he was shot dead.

He has been identified by multiple media outlets, including the ABC, as 48-year-old Mongols bikie Shane Bowden.

“The victim had come home from the gym and as he's driven into the driveway the assailants have run in and shot him multiple times, and consequently he's now deceased,” Det Supt Smith said.

Pictured left is Shane Bowden, a Mongols bikie who has been shot dead on the Gold Coast (right are police at the scene).
Media outlets have identified the victim of a Gold Coast shooting as Shane Bowden, a high-profile bikie. Source: Facebook/Nine

“It clearly seems he's been ambushed.”

The detective superintendent said his partner and two “small” children were at home at the time of the early-morning shooting.

“I think they were upstairs... he's basically driven into his driveway and he hadn't even got out of his car and he's been executed,” Dept Supt Smith said.

Investigators also found two burnt-out cars, a Commodore and a Falcon, at Beenleigh and Ormeau that were believed to be involved, and two men – one believed to be in dark clothing and the other in light clothing – are being sought by police.

But police are still trying to firm up details about their descriptions.

Det Supt Smith said the public should not be concerned about their safety in relation to the shooting.

“It's a matter that would appear to be within the one club as opposed to one club against another. So it's certainly no risk to the community,” he said.

It is believed Bowden was booted from the Mongols earlier this year, according to news.com.au.

Police are seeking information from the public and dashboard camera footage in relation to the incident.

“It is important people understand that these gangs are criminals, they don’t take fluffy toys to hospitals,” Det Supt Smith said.

“These are criminal gangs that survive on retribution, violence and threats. If anyone thinks otherwise, they're an idiot.”

Det Supt Smith said the victim’s family were “obviously upset”.

“It’s not something you would expect to happen in your home,” he said.

“But dare I say, and no one deserves to die in this matter, but you live by the sword, you die by the sword.”

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