Hundreds of mourners on motorcycles formed a long procession to farewell a former Rebels bikie boss who was allegedly shot by a sniper during a drag race.
Nick Martin was shot in the back while attending the Outlaw Nitro Challenge drag racing event at the Perth Motorplex, Kwinana Beach, on December 12.
The underworld figure is believed to have been killed by a sniper in a highly-orchestrated assassination carried out in front of horrified families and children, including his own wife and step-daughter.
There were incredible scenes on Wednesday as hundreds of men on motorcycles formed an incredibly long procession to farewell Martin before he was laid to rest at Pinnaroo Cemetery in Perth’s north.
A motorcade follows the coffin of Rebels bikie Nick Martin into Pinnaroo Cemetery during the funeral on Wednesday
At the front of the procession was a motorcycle carrying Martin’s coffin, which had a US confederate flag behind it.
Police are gearing up for a massive bikie gathering in Western Australia with hundreds of outlaw gang members set to ride into town for the funeral of a former Rebels boss (pictured, Rebels ride through Perth n 2013)
Nick Martin (pictured left) was shot in the back while attending the Outlaw Nitro Challenge drag racing event at the Perth Motorplex, Kwinana Beach, on December 13
But police have vowed to outnumber the outlaws at the underworld gathering with authorities in the state preparing for the most significant security operation since the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in 2011.
‘You really don’t have anything to fear, police will outnumber everybody in the area,’ Assistant Commissioner Brad Royce told reporters.
A procession of bikies from the Rebels and other clubs, will be escorted by police from North Perth at about 10am and will move along the coast down to the Pinnaroo cemetery where the service will be held in the afternoon.
Due to Covid restrictions, the funeral will be capped at 500 and no visitors from New South Wales will be permitted to attend as the Northern Beaches Covid outbreak continues to climb.
Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan told 6PR radio ‘any of these bikies or bikie associates from NSW will not be coming – so that’s a good thing’.
Officers have warned residents to avoid the area if possible and said there will be a no-tolerance to any traffic violation from mourning bikies.
Paramedics tried to save bikie boss Nick Martin as shocked families watched in horror after the shooting. Pictured: paramedics at the scene on Saturday
Emergency services at the Perth Motorplex are seen shorting after he was shot in front of horrified families
The hard line taken by police comes after heavily-armed officers from the Gang Crime Squad raided a number of properties linked to outlaw motorcycle crews.
Footage of the dramatic operations show officers using a hand-held battering ram to smash through a fence before entering a property.
Several police and a dog then barge through the home to conduct a search.
Officers are also seen smashing their way into a large shed and preparing to enter a residential home with weapons drawn.
Mr Royce said Western Australian Police ‘make no apologies’ for the heavy-handed tactics.
Martin’s stepdaughter Stacey Schoppe (pictured together, with her mum, left) was just centimetres away from the chaos and was nursing a friend’s young son when she started to realise he had been shot
Martin’s step-daughter Stacey Schoppe (pictured) tried to revive him at the scene
‘All gangs, whether they are involved in this or not are going to be seeing a lot more attention from WA police,’ he said.
‘I can also assure them if we come, we will be coming with force and we make no apology for that.
‘If the one per cent want to come out into our community and commit acts of violence where we go with our families, then we will go into their community.’
The brazen nature of Martin’s execution which also injured another Rebels gang member and a five-year-old boy, who was sitting on his parent’s lap nearby, has authorities desperately seeking answers.
Police have offered a $1million reward for information that leads to an arrest.
But while police have focused their attention on local bikies one of Australia’s foremost experts on outlaw motorcycle gangs said the brazen attack does not have any of the hallmarks of ‘bikie activity’.
Amanda Martin’s Facebook page is flooded with photos of husband Nick (pictured together)
One of the possible shooter locations at the Perth Motorplex. A long shot would indicate a sniper, experts say
‘If this was a dispute between clubs or an internal conflict within a club, it wouldn’t have happened this way,’ Queensland University of Technology associate professor of criminology Mark Lauchs told Daily Mail Australia.
‘It would be a much more public confrontation or they would have ambushed him. It’s not common to kill people in other OMGs over what they call – club business.’
He suspects a professional shooter from another organised crime outfit carried out the attack with an interstate assassin.
‘Based on other cases in Australia where someone has been intentionally killed and not accidentally killed in a drive-by – it’s usually associated with organised crime rather than OMGs,’ Prof Lauchs said.
‘It would be very unusual for an OMG to carry out this kind of attack.’
Prior to his death, Martin was a well-known identity in Perth’s underworld and had survived a series of attacks.
Police slammed bikies saying they take their violence into public areas putting everyone at risk. Pictured: the scene on Saturday after families and bystanders had fled
Pictured: Perth Motorplex at Kwinana Beach where the shooting occurred
He was shot in the arm while arriving at his Balcatta home, in Perth’s northern suburbs, in March 2011.
At the time the Rebels were locked in a feud with the Rock Machine Gang and its member Benjamin Spikes was convicted over the shooting.
One year later Martin’s Balcatta home was the target of another attack and his car was firebombed.
Martin was also allegedly involved in a brawl with a Hells Angels bikie at The Sandbar, in Scarborough, on November 24.
Security cameras filmed two men speaking with each other and shaking hands before a fight broke out involving staff and patrons at the trendy beachside bar.
Pub goers could be seen in the footage running away from the scuffle as furniture was tossed around the bar during the violent fight.
Daily Mail Australia is not suggesting the two incidents are linked.