MONREAL – Police in Quebec are investigating after someone shot a high-ranking member of the Hells Angels while he was riding a motorcycle in Lachute on Saturday.
Police found Phillip (Phil) Boudreault, 41, a vice-president of the Hells Angels‘ Nomads chapter in Ontario and former Olympian, lying in a ditch, with his motorcycle at his side.
Sources said he suffered a punctured lung in the attack and is in hospital being treated for his injuries. He reportedly shielded his girlfriend — who was riding on the back of the bike – from the gunfire and she was unhurt.
Gord Apolloni, head coach at Top Glove Boxing Academy in Sudbury and Boudreault’s former trainer, said he received calls on Sunday confirming the news.
„He was going to a bike show near Montreal,“ Apolloni said.
Surete du Quebec spokesman Sgt. Daniel Thibodeau said the shooting happened around 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
„We’re still looking for the two suspects who were possibly aboard a greyish blue SUV,“ Thibodeau said on Sunday. „(The shooting) is related to outlaw biker gang activities.“
While the Nomads chapter is based in Ontario, its membership consists of many former Quebecers who have criminal records for drug trafficking in the province. The chapter’s presence in Quebec, and specifically in Montreal, has been evident for several years after almost every member of the Hells Angels based in Quebec was arrested in April 2009 in Operation SharQc. The biker gang has since been able to re-establish at least two of its chapters in Quebec.
Operation SharQc was an investigation that focused on a very violent period between 1994 and 2002 when the Hells Angels in Quebec were at war with members of rival criminal organizations. More than 160 people were killed during the conflict.
Dubbed „The Sudbury Sensation,“ Boudreault represented Canada in the light welterweight division at the 1996 Summer Olympics. He made it to the second round, when he was beaten by Eduard Zakharov of Russia.
Since then, Boudreault has spent much of his time getting in trouble with the law, including a brutal attack on a father and son in March 2004. One of the victims suffered a broken jaw in three places, the loss of some teeth and part of his jawbone, and bruised ribs. Boudreault was declared a long-term offender in August 2005 for the assault and served two years in prison.
Nomads chapters are considered „elite“ among the Hells Angels. Police experts have testified in past court cases that the Nomads designation means the chapter’s members can operate without the territorial limitations other chapters are generally expected to respect when it comes to activities like drug trafficking.