Edmonton shootings may be tied to biker turf war
One of two men gunned down outside a strip club Friday night had ties to an outlaw motorcycle gang, police confirmed Monday.
Joey Campbell, 34, was believed to be a probationary member of the Bandidos, a rival club to the Hells Angels. Robert Simpson, 34, was also shot and killed, but police say they dont' have any evidence he was connected to a gang.
"The concerns that we have mirror the concerns of society," police spokesman Wes Bellmore said. "We don't want to get caught in the middle of biker wars. Right now, we can't speculate that that is what is happening for sure, until we know the suspects and motives behind it.
"So that's why, right now, the information is pretty scant."
Campbell, who had changed his name from Joey Morin, and Simpson were in the parking lot of St. Pete's Men's Club about 11:30 p.m. Friday when they were shot numerous times. Reports say two cars then sped from the scene.
Police won't say whether they had any intelligence on the Bandidos trying to open a chapter in Alberta.
Guy Ouellette, a retired Quebec provincial police investigator and an expert on bikers, says he received a tip last year that the Bandidos planned to expand into Western Canada. He says he made that information public at a conference in Winnipeg last June, and that he passed it along to the RCMP, but doesn't believe they acted on it.
Ouellette believes the double-homicide may be a warning to the Bandidos.
"We don't have the luxury of speculating like an outside observer or outside expert would have," Bellmore said. "It's something we absolutely would be looking at, because, obviously, if there's biker wars brewing in Edmonton, it's something we want to put a lid on very quickly."
Bellmore said Edmonton Police will be working closely with the RCMP during the investigation.