Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Shooting at London, Ont HA biker hangout could mean more violence

200 motorcycles drive past the home of Steve Sinclair who was shot and killed Sunday. He was a member of the Gate Keepers motorcycle club in London.
A deadly shooting outside a Hells Angels-affiliated biker hangout in east London could fuel even more gang violence, a leading biker expert warns. Police arrested five people after Steve Sinclair, 49, was gunned down outside a social club in a plaza on Hamilton Road at Gore Road, but have since said none of them was involved in the early-morning Sunday shooting, the city’s sixth homicide of the year.

Sinclair had leased space in the single-storey building to operate a club frequented by members of the Gate Keepers, a support club for the Hells Angels that has chapters in Perth, Elgin and Middlesex counties. He was a member of the Gate Keepers, sources say.
Yves Lavigne, the author of several books on the Hells Angels, said the weekend shooting likely was meant to send a message to the biker gang and its supporters. “There will be more violence,” he predicted, suggesting the Hells Angels will have no choice but to respond to the shooting, or risk losing turf in London, if the slaying was aimed at them. “If they (Hells Angels) don’t back that support gang, they lose face,” he said Monday.

But another source with connections to area bikers, who did not want to be named, said the shooting could have been an inside job, triggered by an internal dispute between the Hells Angels and Sinclair or the Gate Keepers.
The Hells Angels have kept a low profile in London since an outburst of violence and arson in January 2012, during what police then said was a turf war with rival street gangs over the city’s illegal drug trade. Five businesses, some with biker connections, were torched and two people, one of them a full-patch member of the Hells Angels, were shot.