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Shooting in Melbourne CBD, Australia 18th June 2007 – updated 22nd June 2007

Posted by Adrian on June 22, 2007

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(above photo of King Street Melbourne CBD from wikipedia)

After three days, the gunman Christopher Wayne Hudson a member of the Hells Angels , who shot three people in broad daylight on Monday morning during peak hr in the central Business district in Melbourne, handed himself in to police. The Victims were Brendan Keilar, 43 a Melbourne solicitor shot dead, Dutch backpacker Paul De Waard, 25 – critically wounded (three gunshots wounds! he was shot twice), stripper/model Kaera Douglas – critically wounded (shot in stomach).

All sorts of reports came out after his surrender, one was that his lawyer negotiated a deal to have Hudson transported to a remote town north of Melbourne. That he not be intercepted by police special operations. The police were also not to arrest anyone else connected with him i.e affiliated groups, Hells Angels. It also seems the Hell Angels had cut him loose – he is now on his own. It also appears he may have tried take his own life, before being sent straight into custody he was admitted into a hospital to have surgery on his wrist.

According to news reports Hudson was at inner city strip club (Kings street) with Autumn Daly-Holt and Kaera Douglas (both strippers). After some altercation with Holt, he beat her up, left her on the pavement – apparently unconscious. Douglas called for help and apparently had an ambulance called. She then left the club and was dragged by the hair from a taxi near Williams street. Williams St intercepts over King Street, all these streets are south of the central CBD. King street is a stretch of road that heads down to Southbank (Casino and apartments, overlooking the Yarra River). During business hrs it is a low key stretch, there are various strip joints and bars – all in the prefabricated ‘up market’ look. After hrs the street turns into a all night club stretch – when most of the city empties it’s self of workers. Friday night and weekdays King Street activates. It is a violent, drug orientated and organised crime area. It’s mandatory news when you hear of brawls, stabbings and the occasional death occur from King Street after hrs. King and William street sit at the tale end of the legal precinct of the city. In fact one of the biggest law firms in the southern hemisphere Minter Ellison overlooks Kings Street from the Rialto towers.

I was annoyed to hear on a breakfast morning show the naivety of the presenters , who interviewed a women that comforted the dutch backbacker Paul De Waard after he was shot, saying ‘I hope he doesn’t go back to Holland with a bad impression of Melbourne/Australia’. Melbourne is a violent city, you are in a daydream of blissful naivety if you think otherwise. A gang war that has lasted for 10 years has just been rapped up. The death toll: 28 people dead, namely associates of various groups affiliated with the key members of the war. Admittedly this didn’t spill out to the greater public, never the less the shooting occurred in public and exposed places, restaurants, parks and inner urban streets. It’s now finished, as most of the main characters are either locked up, fled the country and/or are dead.

The drug barons of Melbourne made their cash from speed, heroin and in some cases cocaine (for the wealthy clients). Starting in the 90’s and now into the 21st century. But now it is methamphetamine.

The tragedy of the shooting was the random insanity of the gunman. The story goes, whilst he was trying to pull Douglas out of a cab, her screaming drew the attention of solicitor Brendan Keilar and dutch backpacker Paul De Waard. Both apparently who came to the aid of Douglas, at that point he shot all three of them. Then ran. If it comes out that Hudson was on meth, or other type amphetamine. It just shows the dangerous disposition that the drug has on it’s uses Already there were calls for stricter handgun laws. Which is ridicules, as it ignores as usual, the core issue. Drugs. Like all major cities in the world with outdated and antiquated anti drug and drug enforcement laws, violence will always be the extreme temperament as the by product. Melbourne City is by no exception. ‘Ice’ (meth) is widely used, hence the various ‘drug lords’ trying to claiming a footing in the market.

There needs to be a reality check on drugs. The daydreaming of ‘everything’ is fine and the war on drugs is working is a false dichotomy. As it ignores the underbelly of illegal drugs and profit. Simply, an illegality based law system on drug use does not work.

So worlds will always collide on the streets of Melbourne City.

Article from SMH
(regarding capture)

Article from The Age
(regarding female vitcims)

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6 Responses to “Shooting in Melbourne CBD, Australia 18th June 2007 – updated 22nd June 2007”

  1. Kat said

    Actually, Ms Douglas isn’t a stripper, she’s a part-model and travel agent. 🙂

  2. Kat said

    Part-TIME model, I mean.

  3. zekukith said

    Please note correction in article

    It was written in article that Ms Kaera Douglas was a stripper, this is incorrect, as she is actually a part time model and a travel agent.

    (Morbius Glass Blog)

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