MIRABEL, Que. — Quebec’s biker-gang war spilled onto the province’s highways with a drive-by shooting yesterday.
Shot was Alain Brunet, 35, a known longtime member of the Rock Machine, a Quebec-based gang in the process of being taken over by the U.S.-based Banditos.
Brunet was hit several times early yesterday afternoon as he drove along Hwy. 15, near Mirabel, Que., north of Montreal.
He was taken to a nearby hospital with bullet wounds to his upper body. He is expected to recover.
Another car apparently moved either along the passenger side of Brunet’s vehicle, or else pulled-up close behind. Police say the car had bullet holes in both the curbside of the car, as well as the rear.
The driver’s door also had a bullet hole.
“The victim had been driving down the right lane of the highway, heading south, when another as yet unidentified vehicle drove up beside him in the centre lane and started shooting,” Surete du Quebec Constable Isabelle Gendron said to reporters.
Brunet then dodged the gunfire by pulling into the highway’s opposite lane. Police soon stopped him for driving against the traffic.
A few hours after the shooting, police found a pistol in the ditch on the northbound lane of the highway. They also found a burned-out car about 30 kms from the shooting. Burning out a car is a biker-gang signature.
Quebec’s two major biker gangs, the Rock Machine and the infamous Hells Angels, have been battling for years for control of the province’s lucrative black market. Police are already linking the shooting to the Hells Angels.
Police are asking anyone with any information to call the provincial police’s crime squad at (514) 598-4043.