Australia Rebels bikie shot in daylight ambush as cab driver fights for life
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A former notorious Rebels bikie and a taxi driver were riddled with bullets in a brazen daylight ambush.
Christopher Rymer, 30, was shot through the window of a Silvertop taxi he was travelling in Riverstone shortly after 9am on Wednesday.
The taxi driver, 40, was also wounded after being shot up to six times. The injured driver managed to drive the pair to Hawkesbury Hospital.
CCTV obtained byrecords the moments before to the shooting where a dark-coloured ute follows the silver taxi along Junction Road.
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The ute is captured speeding away a short time later and was later found burnt out in nearby Beaumont Hills.
Police were told the pair were shot when they stopped at an house in Riverstone after the taxi driver picked up Rymer from a home in Sydney's west.
Both men remain in a serious condition with Rymer later transferred to Westmead Hospital for emergency surgery with potentially life-threatening injuries.
The taxi driver is expected to make a full recovery.
Witness Jadjid Singh said the alleged gunman shot 'four or five rounds' before getting back in his ute.
'The taxi was going very slow,' he told Nine News.
The alleged gunman is still at large.
Rebels bikie shot, taxi driver injured in daylight shooting
Christopher Rhymer was shot four times, twice in the stomach, while in a taxi in Riverstone in Sydney's north west about 9.30 this morning. The car was travelling down Junction Road, followed by a dark ute, before shots rang out. © 9News Christopher Rhymer was shot four times, twice in the stomach. © 9News Witness Jadjid Singh said the alleged gunman shot Witness Jadjid Singh said the alleged gunman shot "four or five rounds" before getting back in the ute.Police allege Rymer had been picked up from an address in the city's west before stopping at a home.The dark ute was seen speeding away.
Police believe the shooting was a targeted attack and were investigating whether it was linked to mounting tensions between the Rebels and Lone Wolves gangs.
Officers were angry innocent lives were allegedly caught up in the gangland war.
'You fire enough shots at someone you want to kill and you hit someone innocent and it is really unacceptable,' Detective Superintendent Rob Critchlow told reporters.
'People in Sydney should be able to go about their lives without some fool trying to shoot another fool.'
Superintendent Critchlow He confirmed My Rymer was known to police.
'We know a little bit about his business and he'll be subject to a strict investigation for what he's been victimised (in today) and what else he's been involved with,' he said.
Separate crime scenes in Riverstone and Windsor were examined by specialist forensic police.
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'The matter has now been referred to the State Crime Command's Criminal Group Squad, who have commenced an investigation,' police said.
Rymer was once known as one of Sydney's most notorious bikies, renowned for uploading photos of his lavish lifestyle on Instagram, including shopping trips to Louis Vuitton and visits to theme parks on the Gold Coast.
He is understood to have left the bikie gang in 2019 to become a devoted family man to his two young daughters and start up a dog breeding business.
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