Motorcycle club speaks about recent rise in biker gang violence
Members of the Rock Machine, including its president, spoke to CTV News about the recent biker gang violence on Winnipeg streets.
In the last few weeks, there have been a number of shootings and firebombings, with police acknowledging officers have a gang war on their hands.
On Tuesday of last week, a house on Canberra Road was shot at. The next day, a home on Stranmillis Avenue was firebombed and shot at. On Monday of this week, shots were fired at a duplex on Taft Crescent and a 14-year-old boy, who police said was an innocent bystander, was struck in the lower back.
Rock Machine members spoke to CTV News on Wednesday night. They didn't want their names used, however.
"In Winnipeg, we never shot a helpless 14-year-old kid and (never) tried to kill two elderly people collecting pensions," said a Rock Machine member.
"We have a code and ethics. If we have a problem with somebody we deal with it ourselves," said a Rock Machine member.
The members told CTV News they wanted to clear the air, countering media reports which they said were biased. Rock Machine members said they and their families and children have been the targets in the recent incidents.
"We are a motorcycle club not a gang. We want to ride our bikes and wear our patches. We don't want our kids walking down our front lawn and taking a bullet," said a member.
CTV News asked members of the Rock Machine when they believed the violence would stop. They said they didn't have an answer.
On Wednesday, Winnipeg Police Chief Keith McCaskill said officers would do as much as they can to disrupt gang activities.
- with a report from CTV's Stacey Ashley