Others have tried to play down the attack. “It could be just some d—heads going home,” one said. “They weren’t trying to hit anyone, it was 2am.”
Mitchell has a history of feuding with powerful organised crime figures, many of whom can’t be named because they are currently facing legal proceedings.
One enemy includes a notoriously violent Lebanese gangster who is a suspect in Mitchell’s 2011 shooting outside Doherty’s Gym in Brunswick. Another is convicted drug trafficker and mafia boss Rocco Arico, whose underlings exchanged gunfire with Mitchell after being ripped off in a cocaine deal in 2010.
Mitchell was also once the sargeant-at-arms for the Bandidos outlaw motorcycle gang but left the club about eight years ago.
In an apparent bid to profit of his notorious personal story, Mitchell has registered the website www.shot7timesgotup8.com as part of as yet unannounced new business.
The City of Ink tattoo parlour has been a big income earner since it was opened in 2014 by the former Bandidos bikie. Co-owners include close mates Jake King, a former Richmond Tigers star, and Michael “Mick” Hamill.
Mitchell was released from prison in November last year after being convicted of a crime that cannot be reported for legal reasons. He had already served a 20-month sentence for drug and weapon offences after being arrested with nearly half a kilogram of methamphetamine and cocaine in 2015.
Mitchell was recently the first person in Victoria to be slapped with a Firearm Prohibition Order, which were created under a new law that permits police to search nominated people and their vehicles and buildings for guns without the need for a warrant.
The former kickboxer is known for flaunting his lavish lifestyle on social media, regularly posting pictures of his luxury cars and motorbikes, watches, designer clothing, and signature gold teeth and tattoos.